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Mississauga, ON --- A barn fire at Classy Lane Training Centre in Puslinch, Ontario, started at roughly 11 p.m. on Monday (Jan. 4) and claimed the lives of more than 40 Standardbred racehorses.
An article by the CBC states that firefighters from five departments -- including Hamilton, Guelph and Cambridge -- were called to the blaze and that there is no word at this point as to what caused the deadly fire.
Trot Insider has learned that the fire destroyed Barn 1, which housed horses trained by Ben Wallace, Roger Mayotte, Chantal Mitchell, Kris Di Cenzo and Dan Lagace.
Classy Lane’s co-owner, Barb Millier, who is currently in Florida, has been cited as saying that her husband, co-owner Jamie Millier, is now trying to get back from Florida after having received the horrible news. Barb was cited as saying that it is too early to speculate as to what started the blaze. She also estimated that at least 43 horses, all of which were Standardbreds, lost their lives in the fire.
“It’s a sad occasion,” Puslinch Fire and Rescue Service’s chief fire prevention officer, Jason Benn, said Tuesday morning. The article states that the preliminary cost of the damage is estimated to be between $4 and $6 million, and that the fire is not considered suspicious at this time.
Additional details will be posted when more information becomes available.
(With files from CBC and 680 News)