POSTED: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 8:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 8:34pm
LAFAYETTE, LA (NBC33) — Firefighters did their best to rescue several horses in a barn. Sadly, they were unsuccessful and nine died in the early morning blaze.
The Lafayette Police Department reports that the fire broke out shortly after 4:00 a.m. The owners of the barn were woken by a witness who was passing on the roadway.
The owners of the barn, located on Carmel Drive, rushed to the structure and attempted to save the horses. However, the smoke was too thick and they couldn’t make their way inside.
Firefighters arrived on scene shortly thereafter. They too attempted to enter the building and save the animals. They say the flames were too intense to enter.
After about 15 minutes, the fire was under control, but it was too late for the horses.
Investigators are still working to figure out what started the blaze. They are leaning towards a possible lightning strike, but have not yet listed that as the official cause.
The owners of the barn leased the stalls to various owners in the area.