Virginia Barn Fire Kills 10 Horses

Ten horses perished early Wednesday morning when a fire broke out in a barn in Clinton, Va., Fairfax County fire officials said.

Officials said the blaze broke out just before 3 a.m., at a fire in the 6400 block of Clifton Road at the Little Full Cry horse boarding facility.

Fire Department spokesman Dan Schmidt said a neighbor across the street from the barn saw a large glow in the sky and immediately called 911. Schmidt said that neighbor also came over to help.

Schmidt said there were 10 horses inside the barn and they all perished.

Fire officials said the owner is out of town, but a caretaker said the animals inside the barn were mostly thoroughbred horses, which were classified as eventers and show horses.

That caretaker also lost a horse in that fire.

The fire smoldered for hours because of all the hay stored in the bar, fire officials said.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire.

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