Adams County family loses 17 horses to devastating barn fire

PEEBLES, Ohio -- A family in Adams County was left to pick up the pieces after a fire ripped through their barn, killing 16 horses and one pony early Tuesday morning.

The fire took over the barn shortly before 1:30 a.m., waking up the animals' owner, David Miller. He saw the fire growing quickly, and called the Peebles Fire Department for help. He was unsure when the fire started.

When Fire Chief Mike Estep arrived, he noted it was the biggest fire he'd responded to in 30 years.


The Peebles Fire Marshall checked the scene a little later Tuesday. He said it would take a few days to determine what caused the flames to ignite, but does not expect arson.

The Miller family worked to move dirt, pick up rubble and sift through debris.

WCPO reporter Amy Wadas spoke to Miller, who was still in shock Tuesday evening.

He said he hadn't yet decided if he would get new horses, and that he needed time to deal with the loss.

Damages were estimated to be about $200,000. The horses amounted to about $60,000, and the remaining loss included machinery and equipment that the Millers stored inside the barn.


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