Exploding manure fire may have killed horses


Maintaining pastures is an important part of keeping horses or goats and could have prevented this fire. ~ HfH

From: KTLA

firedeadhorsesSpontaneous combustion of manure or an electric fence were being investigated as possible causes of a fire in Palmdale Sunday that killed multiple animals, according to L.A. County Fire Department Capt. Bo Ament.

Four horses and seven goats died in a remote desert area barn at 5526 East Avenue T-10 (map).

Among the dead was a pregnant horse and 4 month old colt. All the horses were a Friesian breed.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Margo Nielsen

    There is an important lesson to learn about barn design in this tragedy… it was built so they could not escape the fire from the exploding manure. I wish there were more details.

    July 28, 2014
  • Daryl

    When it I hot like now, I clean the barn some times 3 times a day, most of the time 2 times a day, get it out side of the barn, clean the paddock area’s too, so they are not standing in crap to draw fly’s, spray behind the kick boards, and spread the stuff, and drag it out…I live in Florida and heat index has been in the 100’s. Lighting I can’t control the weather is a natural wild beast. We just do our best. So sorry for the animals who died and the people who have lost them.

    July 28, 2014