7 Horses Dead in Florida Polo Club Barn Fire

Four other horses were injured in the blaze at the Gulfstream Polo Club

Saturday, Mar 9, 2013  |  Updated 11:24 PM EDT
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The blaze destroyed the barn, which was 70-80 feet long.

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Seven horses were killed in a barn blaze at the Gulfstream Polo Club in Lake Worth Saturday, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said.

Four other horses were burned and are being treated by a veterinarian, Capt. Michael Bergeron told NBC 6.

Firefighters responded at 12:08 p.m. to the fire at 4550 Polo Road, with those arriving first finding “a large barn that was fully involved with fire,” the department said in a statement.

Despite the firefighters’ efforts, seven thoroughbreds perished in the fire, the department said.

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The blaze destroyed the barn, which was 70-80 feet long, Bergeron told NBC News.

“Not one inch of the barn was not totally engulfed in flames when I got there. The flames were 10 feet above the roof,” the polo club’s president, Randy Aversano, told The Palm Beach Post.

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No people were injured, the Post reported.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said Saturday night that investigators concluded the fire was caused by “an electrical overload inside a tack room that was being used as a kitchen."

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