Three horses, mule die in Fayette barn fire


Three horses and a mule died in a barn fire on a Fayette County farm Wednesday night, Lexington fire officials said.

The fire started about 11 p.m. at Grand Marina Farm 4928 Russell Cave Road. One of the owners of the farm, Bill Hilliard, was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene after he rescued one Thoroughbred.

“It’s completely gone,” another farm owner, Polly Hilliard, said of the barn.

Polly Hilliard said that she’s sorry for the customers who lost their animals.

The horses that Bill Hilliard could not rescue were a gelding, a mare show horse and a filly pleasure horse.

The mule also was used for pleasure riding.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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