18 Horses Confirmed Dead in Illinois Fire

At least 18 horses died in a five-alarm fire that destroyed a large barn in an Illinois stable. The Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/HJbb86) reports that firefighters arrived on the scene to find the barn engulfed in flames. More than 20 departments assisted because the area did not have fire hydrants.

Thirty one horses were rescued, but officials say two horses are still missing, according to Chicago  ABC 7 (http://bit.ly/HDDfMA). No firefighters were injured.

People driving by helped rescue horses by running into the barn to let them out of stalls. Northwest Herald (http://bit.ly/HyvG3D) reports that this had an unintended consequence of allowing the fire to spread faster. As the doors were opened, more oxygen helped spread the fire.

UPDATE: The Northwest Herald reports that the fire has been ruled accidental but unknown.

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