Seventeen horses were killed in a stable fire at Langley on Sunday afternoon.
The fire occurred at 224th Street near 40th Avenue and is also home to a mushroom farm, CTV News reported. More than three dozen firefighters were called into the scene, but the flames spread quickly inside the wood building that also contained hay.
The animals that were killed in the fire were racing horses trained by the community’s renowned Davis family. They belonged to a prominent local owner, and the barn was leased and adjacent to a training track. Most of the racing horses were about 2 years old.
In addition to the loss of the racing horses, a cat and miniature horse family pets were killed in the blaze that destroyed $100,000 in equipment.
On June 18, a charity pub night will be held at Langley Town Hall to help raise money for the family. Tickets can be purchased at A&T Equestrian in Cloverdale.
A trust fund has also been set up at the Aldergrove Credit Union. Donations can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org with password ‘mornasbigboy’.
Harness Racing BC will also be accepting donations – contact Walter Slopianka at email@example.com
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