Horses Saved From Barn Fire in Frederick County (Photos)

Frederick County Fire and Rescue units were dispatched at 12:17 a.m. on Nov. 4, to 6102 Holter Road for the report of a barn fire.

The first arriving unit reported multiple structures well involved with fire; it was later determined the structures were a two-story garage-shed, large barn and loafing shed.

Photo | Frederick County Fire and Rescue Services

Photo | Frederick County Fire and Rescue Services

The Incident Commander, Assistant Chief John Patton Jr., Braddock Heights Volunteer Fire Company, quickly requested a rapid intervention dispatch as well as additional water tankers because there was no public water system in the immediate area. A water supply shuttle was established to provide adequate water to protect exposures.

 Water tankers and portable folding tanks needed to get enough water as there were no fire hydrants?  Photo | Frederick County Fire and Rescue Services

Water tankers and portable folding tanks.
Photo | Frederick County Fire and Rescue Services

The three buildings of origin are a complete loss and continue to burn this afternoon. But, four other buildings (large barn, loafing shed, and two other structures), which were exposed to the fire, were saved suffering only minor damage.

Chief Patton commented, “I want to thank everybody for a job well done!”

According to fire rescue officials, 25 chickens perished in the blaze but 15 horses were rescued unharmed. The homeowner was evaluated at the scene but refused treatment and transport; no other injuries were reported and no one was displaced.

Investigators were requested to the scene and the fire remains under investigation. Initial damage estimates place the total loss at $1,000,000.

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