28 April 2011

Eight horses killed in Ohio barn fire, arson suspected

A tragedy has struck the small town of McConnelsville, OH. At some point around midnight on Sunday, a barn owned by Brent Whitehouse burned to the ground killing all eight of his horses. Mr. Whitehouse told the Zanesville Times Recorder, "I looked out the window and saw this orange glow coming from the barn. I ran out there, but the doors of the barn wouldn't open and suddenly, flames were shooting up through the roof. That barn was gone in five minutes."

The Fire Marshall is ruling the blaze arson. There were derogatory remarks spray painted on the barn walls, and the heat was so intense inside the barn it melted a metal tractor. It took the M&M volunteer fire department two hours to put out the flames that could be seen for miles.

Mr. Whitehouse is a horse trainer and breeder along with owning an insurance company in town. He said his horses brought him pleasure, especially after a long day of work. One horse named Love was pregnant and about to give birth any day. Another horse, Buddy, was only one week old.

Mr. Whitehouse said about Buddy, "I just had him and his mother, Princess, in the arena and he was coming up and smelling me and checking me out. He was cute as a button." Mr. Whitehouse teared up remembering Buddy.

The loss of Elvis, Barney, Floyd, Princess, Buddy, Love, Bella, and Ethel will leave a huge scar on this small town.

The Fire Marshall is asking anyone who has information or saw something out of the ordinary, to contact them at (800) 589-2728 or the Morgan County Sheriff's Office at (740) 962-4044.

John Himmelberger | @johnhimm
John lives in Maryland where he works as a sales manager. John and his wife Eileen’s pursuit to achieve optimum health combined with a desire to send a strong message to factory farming, inspired them to examine what they put into their bodies. Now a vegan, John has great admiration for groups like Farm Sanctuary and hopes to influence others by sharing his positive experiences. Follow John on his blog and Facebook.

Photo credit: cc: flickr.com/photos/ulfhednar Barn in photo not actual barn mentioned in the article.