Horses killed in Granville barn fire

Mar. 18, 2013 @ 07:22 PM

A Granville County commissioner who liked to give wagon rides for children, church events and some weddings lost the wagon’s horses and a lot of equipment in a barn fire on Joe Pruitt Road Friday night.

Commissioner Dave Currin said everything in the barn at 2578 Pruitt was lost in the fire. There is a possibility it might have been started by a spark from a controlled burn earlier in the day.

“I had a pair of haflinger horses for pulling the wagon, plus a Tennessee walking horse colt and a young calf that were lost,” Currin said. “I am not 100 percent sure, but I had burned some trash debris, and possibly a spark from that is the most likely cause.”

Also in the barn were harness equipment, some lawn mowers, a second wagon different from the riding wagon, plus many furniture items.

“It was a total loss,” Currin said. “There was nothing salvaged from the barn.”

Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins Jr. said his deputies received the 911 call at 8:52 p.m., assisting mainly with traffic.

“The barn burned completely,” Wilkins said. “Everyone stayed on the scene until nearly midnight.”

Volunteer firefighters from Berea, Cornwall, Providence and Granville Rural, plus the Oxford Fire Department, assisted by bringing several truckloads of water.

Granville Fire Marshal Donnie Boyd said an exact cause of the fire is not known, and an investigation would continue.

“The county EMS was there on standby,” Boyd said. “No one, none of the firefighters or anyone else, was hurt in the fire. I think the horses (that died) were in stalls. There were some other horses in the field, unharmed.”

The firefighters did keep the fire from spreading, saving the nearby structure that the riding wagon was in.

“I used the two horses and that wagon primarily for church functions, some weddings,” Currin said. “I never charged anything. I just enjoyed the horses, and people who rode in the wagon enjoyed that.”

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