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Barn fire that killed 19 horses believed accidental

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The fire broke out just before 6 p.m. Thursday on private property located behind Harrah's Louisiana Downs racetrack and casino. The fire broke out just before 6 p.m. Thursday on private property located behind Harrah's Louisiana Downs racetrack and casino.
The barn, which was about the length of a football field, is owned by River Point Racing and Equestrian Center. The barn, which was about the length of a football field, is owned by River Point Racing and Equestrian Center.
HAUGHTON, LA (KSLA) -

The fire that killed more than a dozen horses in a Haughton barn Thursday afternoon is believed to have been accidental, and likely caused by an electrical problem.

While they haven't ruled it out, they don't believe foul play was involved.

The State Fire Marshal and Bossier Sheriff's Office are conducting a joint investigation into the fire into the cause, and they say they believe the fire originated in an air conditioning unit or breaker box. They are continuing to investigate to determine the exact cause.

19 horses are believed to have perished in the flames. Only one was saved. It was originally estimated that 20 to 25 horses were lost. The barn, which was about the length of a football field, is owned by River Point Racing and Equestrian Center.

The property where the horses were housed includes multiple barns. Another barn just a few feet away was damaged, but remains standing.

Bossier Sheriff's Office Lt. Bill Davis says the thoroughbreds killed belonged to 9 owners, mostly local, who leased space in the barn where they were training for racing. He says the horses that were killed have not yet been identified by their owners. The total losses of the animals alone is expected to amount to several hundred thousand dollars.

According to a statement released by the Bossier Sheriff's Office Friday afternoon, River Point Racing & Equestrian Center owner Alan Fox has expressed his appreciation for the efforts by first responders. "We want to thank the fire and police for everything they did and working through the night," he said.

The fire broke out just before 6 p.m. Thursday at the barn, which is on private property just behind Harrah's Louisiana Downs Racetrack and Casino on Highway 80 in Haughton. The East 80 Fire Department (Bossier Parish Fire District 1) was able to respond quickly to the fire because they happened to be training that afternoon.

The Haughton Fire Department and several Bossier City Fire Department units assisted, along with Bossier EMS, Bossier parish Fire District 2, and the Louisiana State Police and Louisiana Livestock Brand Commission. 

Life Air rescue delivered relief supplies for firefighters battling the flames in the heat for hours Thursday, the Shreveport Fire Department brought in lights as fire continue to burn into the night.

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