24 Horses Die In Wisconsin Barn Fire

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin couple is grieving after a fire burned through their barn, killing 24 horses.

Two more horses had to be put down after they were badly burned in the fire at a rehabilitation facility for hurt and abandoned horses in Footville, just outside Janesville, around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Cindy Bondowski told WISC-TV her soul was hurting for the horses. She says the material loss is overwhelming but the loss of the horses is heartbreaking.

Jim and Cindy Bondowski tried to save the horses. But Jim says the whole barn burst into flames when he opened up the big door and the fresh air got inside.

Jim told WMTV-TV more than a dozen horses who were outside when the fire erupted survived.

Footville Fire Chief Joe North hasn’t pinpointed a cause, but says he suspects an electrical problem or heater hanging from a supply room ceiling.

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  • Joe Blow

    I saw this episode in Sopranos….

    • Roberta Waker

      You are a heartless moron as evidenced by your comment. Dying in a fire is a terrible way to die and your comment is not funny. Hope you never lose anyone to a fire.

  • Roberta Waker

    How sad that these horses lost their lives this way. Our sympathy goes out to the owners and hopefully, the survivors will do well. These poor horses went through enough and it was terrible that they died in a fire.

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