Horses killed in Butler Co. barn fire

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HANOVER TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Flames broke out just before 9 a.m. Monday morning in the 400 block of Cochran Road in Hanover Township, which is just north of Millvale.

"Families come in different configurations, and for Nancy this was her family, so it's a loss for her, a tragic loss," said Dee Meyers, a neighbor of the horse owner.

Two reining horses survived the blaze, three other horses weren't so lucky -- the show horses were killed and another was injured, suffering from smoke inhalation and minor burns.

"It's just a horrific situation," Meyers said.

The owner of the horses, Nancy Birmingham, is recuperating from surgery and asked her neighbor, Dee Meyers to feed the horses --when she opened the doors she saw the inside of the barn engulfed in flames. Another neighbor and two passersby helped rescue the three horses.

"I needed help and there was some gentlemen who own an electric company that were driving down the road and stopped, seen the fire, ran back and helped and we were able to open the other door, and were able to rescue the third horse, which is her current show horse," Meyers said.

Word spread quickly across the equestrian community, Jazz Cann drove all the way from College Hill to offer any help she could.

"Hoping for he best, if they needed anything like bedding another stall down, I would have been happy to help," Cann said.

Ross and Riley Township Fire Departments responded, they were able to extinguish the flames in about 20 minutes. The owner had been raising the show horses for about 30 years.

"These horses were loved and cared for, and she's very grateful to have here three remaining horses," Meyers said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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