LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Five horses died in an early morning Butler County barn fire, authorities said.
No humans were hurt when flames broke out in the 1700 block of Kyles Station Road just after 6:30 a.m. Friday, said Liberty Township Fire Chief Paul Stumpf.
When crews arrived, they found heavy fire shooting from the roof of a barn.
They were unable to rescue the horses inside. The animals are rescue horses, according to the fire chief.
The barn is a total loss, he said. A damage estimate was not available.
The cause remains under investigation.
The homeowner told the fire chief a space heater was not turned on in the barn overnight. Electricity does run in the barn.
A neighbor who called 911 to report the blaze was devastated by the horses' deaths.
"This breaks my heart," said Eric Palmer. "I called it in, along with several others, on my way into work this morning at 6:30. it was already engulfed beyond saving at that point. I had really hoped it wasn't an animal barn. My grand kids love to see the horses out at the area farms."