Twenty-two show horses worth thousands of dollars each were killed in a massive barn fire in northern New Jersey early Saturday, authorities said.
State troopers said the blaze at the Heritage Acres farm in Lafayette was already raging out of control when firefighters arrived shortly before 2 a.m.
Firefighters managed to put out the blaze but couldn't save the horses, which were valued at $10,000 and $60,000 apiece, troopers told the New Jersey Star-Ledger. Heritage Acres specialized in dressage and show jumping.
Investigators haven’t determined whether foul play was involved, the Sussex County fire marshal said.
The farm was owned by the Hahn family,the Star-Ledger reported.
Betty Hahn told the Ledger that the horses were her family’s livelihood.
“We’re just going to sell our property. It was our business, and we’re too old to start over,” she said
Hahn said there was no hay or fuel in the barn.