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Ohio Barn Fire Kills 44 Horses, Injures Man Trying to Save Them

A devastating barn fire in Bell Centre, Ohio, on Saturday killed 44 horses and injured one person.

Brandon and Cathy Brandt of Brandt Performance Horses said dozens of horses were trapped in the barn during the fire, but “some managed to escape,” WBNS reported. report Sunday.

Now, they are dealing with the aftermath and heartache of such a loss as authorities try to determine the cause of the fire.

“This is absolutely anyone who works with livestock, their worst nightmare. I’m really at a loss for words,” Brandon said.

Video footage show When firefighters arrived on the scene, smoke from the fire was billowing into the air, and WBNS reported that first rescuers determined it was unsafe to enter the building when they arrived on the scene.

The barn also housed horses belonging to Priest Performance Horses, but the horse’s owner, Eric Priest, suffered severe burns while trying to rescue the horses.

In a social media post on Monday, Brandt Performance Horses share An update on Priest as he recovers in hospital.

“On behalf of both the Brant and Priest families, we are happy to report that Eric is doing well! He’s still smiling and telling his usual corny jokes. We love this man like family. Please think of Eric and donate to help rebuild all that he has lost,” the post read.

On behalf of both the Brant and Priest families, we want to report that Eric is doing well. He’s still smiling…

Contributor Brandt Performance Horse upon Monday, June 10, 2024

The Brandt family, who trained horses for reining competitions across the United States and raised some of their horses from foals, said they estimate they’ve lost about 85 percent of their business.

Meanwhile, Cathy said: “We’re all human beings but animals are our best friends. It’s really hard.”

photograph show A burnt out barn after fire engulfed the building:

But Brandon added that he’s confident they’ll get through this and is optimistic about the future. As of Tuesday morning, a fundraising campaign for their company had begun. raised The fundraiser for Priest has raised more than $256,000 of its $500,000 goal. raised Over $56,000.

Brandon and Cathy are grateful for all the help they’ve received during such a difficult time, calling it “incredible.”