New Hampshire Barn Fire Claims 14 Horses

A barn at a farm in Bedford was destroyed and 14 horses were killed by a three-alarm fire Thursday morning.

Firefighters from nearly a dozen towns responded to the blaze at Perry Hill Farm around 8:30 a.m. to find the 10,000 square-foot barn engulfed in flames, according to The Union-Leader.

Neighbors helped rescue eight of the 22 horses inside, as well as one pig, Bedford Fire Chief Scott Wiggin told the newspaper.

The farm is home to 24 horses and ponies, some of which were rescued from neglectful situations.

Firefighters were able to keep the fire contained to the barn, but Wiggin said that without internal walls, there was no way to stop it from spreading within the structure.

Tanker trucks were used to bring water to the scene and crews had the fire under control within an hour.

The barn was deemed a total loss and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.