3 Horses, 5 Dogs Die In Hobart Barn Fire

HOBART, Ind. (CBS) – Three horses and five dogs died in a Hobart barn fire that broke out early Wednesday.

Hobart Fire Chief Brian Taylor expects the cause of the barn fire to be electrical in nature, citing the handful of space heaters found in the structure.

A hay pile began to smolder on Thursday sending the fire department back to the home in the 6800 block of Grand Boulevard. However, Taylor said the fire had not rekindled.

Hobart firefighters had to set up tanker operations to shuttle water to the scene because there were no hydrants in the area.

As of Thursday, an exact cause of the fire that burned down the 100-year-old barn had not been determined.

“It’s definitely going to be electrical in nature,” Taylor said.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • MSB

    diots, they should be charged with animal abuse. Never never ever leave a space heater unattended anywhere. If by chance they were using it to keep the pipes from freezing there are much better ways of doing that. How tragic and not to mention the potential injury of the firefighters. Just wrong!!!!

    • Rose

      I’m deeply offended by your comments about how I should be charged with animal cruelty. You assume I’ve done something careless because my barn burned but various causes can lead to fire. I’ve rescued animals most of my life and have given everything that I could for them. There was nothing unsafe about my barn or the garage that was next to it. Nobody cares what really happened out there but me. Some had their minds made up that it was electrical even as it still burned.

      I find it suspicious that so many barns have burned throughout Indiana in the past year. If the true cause of that fire was arson, the person that committed the crime is cruel and cowardly. If this was vengeance because someone has a problem with me, they should face me about it, not hide in the shadows and burn innocent animals. If it was a random arson, the authorities will never catch them because they write barn fires off as accidental or electrical just to close the case with ease and the arsonist(s) will burn more barns.

  • Laurie Loveman

    My condolences go to the people who lost their horses and dogs in their barn fire, however, I have to agree with the previous comment regarding the use of any portable heaters in barns. They are, as in this unfortunate incident, a tragedy waiting to happen. You can find more information about fire safety in barns at http://www.firesafetyinbarns.com.

  • Rose

    I am the owner of the barn that burned. In response to the comments of how stupid I am, sorry to disappoint you but there were no space heaters hooked up in my barn.

    There were NO unsafe procedures being practiced in my barn. I’ve taken care of those horses for over six years and I’ve been rescuing animals most of my life. I am not stupid or careless. I am utterly devastated by what has transpired and the deaths of those animals will haunt me the rest of my life.

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