2 dead in barn fire at Ohio county fairgrounds
A fire ripped through a horse barn at a county fairgrounds
Saturday in southwest Ohio, killing two men and 43 horses,
The barn roof had already collapsed by the time firefighters
arrived at the Warren County Fairgrounds, about 25 miles northeast
of Cincinnati, according to Capt. Krista Wyatt of the Lebanon Fire
Department. The fire was reported about 5 a.m.
The bodies of the men were pulled from the barn and were badly
burned, said Shane Cartmill, a spokesman for the Ohio State Fire
Marshal. Officials were trying to identify the men Saturday
Lamar Moody, lead trainer at Lebanon Raceway, a harness racing
track based at the fairgrounds, said two of his employees were not
No one was supposed to be in the stables overnight and it was
not clear if the two men killed were working early or sleeping in
“There was a sign on the building that said people we not
supposed to sleep in there,” said Victor Gray, a Lebanon resident
who lost three horses in the fire.
The cause of the blaze was under investigation, but state fire
investigators say they have ruled out criminal intent.
Horse owners stood stunned as they watched heavy machinery peal
back the metal roof of the collapsed structure so firefighters
could sift through the debris and extinguish what remained of the
blaze. The barn was about the length of a football field.
In 1988, a fire in a similar part of the county-owned racetrack
and fairgrounds killed 35 horses. No one was killed in that