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Horse Triggers Fire Alarm At Arlington Park

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The grandstand rises behind the first turn of the one and one-eighth miles main track of Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights, Ill. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Newsmakers)

The grandstand rises behind the first turn of the one and one-eighth miles main track of Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights, Ill. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Newsmakers)

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS (CBS) – Firefighters responded to Arlington International Racecourse on Monday, after a horse set off a fire alarm.

WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, when a fire alarm sounds at Arlington Park, those who have been around for some time remember the big fire in 1985, when a fast-moving blaze destroyed the grandstand and clubhouse.

On Monday, an alarm sounded just before 6 p.m. in an area known as Barn 22. Responding firefighters found no smoke or flames, and after investigating determined a horse had activated the alarm when the animal chewed through wires for the alarm system.

Maintenance crews were making repairs to ensure such an accident can’t happen again.

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