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Barn fire in Utah County kills 4 horses, 13 goats

UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A barn fire in unincorporated Utah County claims the lives of several animals.
UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A barn fire in unincorporated Utah County claims the lives of several animals.

The family had a small fire in a 50 gallon drum to keep them warm as they hung out with their animals, but after they left, fire officials believe, the wind picked up and carried an ember to the barn.

Jorge Rubio owns some of the animals at the farm. He told ABC 4 News, "The fire that was here was contained. It wasn't even a lot.”

No one was there when the fire started and the animals were trapped.

Jorge’s cousin, Brenda Calderon said, "When I came all that part was already burned. They came in and saved all the rest of the horses in the barn."

Four horses were saved, but four were lost as well as 13 goats.

"It's everything for us,” said Rubio. “This is basically our life, our horses."

The cousins say they owned the animals as a family. They had the horses so the kids could ride.

Rubio explained, "I have two, they also have two and another one of the horse owners has two kids also. That’s really the only reason we have the horses is for them."

"It's everything for us, especially my kids,” said Calderon. "We love our horses and it's just so hard to see them down there dead."

The families now are working on rebuilding. On top of the animals lost, the barn is a total loss and all the animal feed is gone as well.

If you would like to help the family you can call 801-372-1621.
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