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Fire crews clean up after barn fire kills 19 horses

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BOSSIER PARISH, La. -

Fire crews were still on the scene of the River Point Racing and Equestrian Center Friday morning, spraying down hot spots and starting the clean up effort.

Lt. Bill Davis with the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office said investigators do not think there is foul play involved. They believe it is electrical.

Davis said it started at the front of the barn, where there was a walking circle and not a lot of horses, but the fire did spread to the back.

The 19 horses that died are owned by six different owners. Davis said some were being trained to become race horses while some had already proven themselves on the track.

The fire caused such a great loss of life but Davis with the bossier sheriff's office said it could have been worse.

This destroyed bar was just a few feet from another barn that had horses, hay and whatnot that could have easily enflamed," he said. "They [the firefighters] used whatever water resources they could to keep it from spreading beyond that destroyed barn."

But the loss of 19 horses affects the people who worked with them.

"Sad, very sad. For workers like myself, the horses are like my children," said Mario Moreno. "We work with horses for years."

Moreno was wrapping up his work day Thursday when the fire broke out. He spoke to us on the scene as it unfolded.

"I saw the big ball of fire and the black smoke. I couldn't go inside, couldn't breathe."

State Representative Henry Burns and his wife, Lynette, own thoroughbred race horses and use to keep them on the property where the barn burned. The news of the fire upsets the horse lovers.

"I can't even imagine. They have lost such a brilliant animal. Their hearts have to be breaking."

"It's a tough time. You get attached, develop affection. You have pride like you would with another family member."

Burns would like to see something done to ensure a tragedy like what happened at River Point does not happen again. He wants to talk with fire officials and those who operate horse stables.

"What we want to look at is maybe some protocol or methodology that we can to just double check. Maybe just do a little better job than what we've done in the past."

A bank account has been set up for the workers at all Region's Banks. If you would like to donate money to help these people who have lost their livelihoods, visit any branch and tell the teller you'd like to make a donation to the River Point Horsemen's Fire Fund or use the account number 0187826771.

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