SHARON -- A three-alarm fire at a farm on Route 27 killed nine saddle horses and two donkeys late Tuesday night, according to authorities.
Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze, but believe it started near the white- and green-painted stables where the animals were kept. Throughout the early morning, the owners of the horses arrived at the farm, many with tears in their eyes.
Jeffrey Feldman, the owner of Jumping Jack Flash, or JJ, a 6-year-old gelding, stood near the smoldering stable and said, “He was like a family member. We saw him almost every day. It’s just devastating.”
Deputy Fire Chief Steven Cummings said an emergency call came in about 11:12 p.m., and firefighters and police were on scene within a minute.
“There was heavy smoke from the rear of the barn, so we went to work there. It took about three hours to get it under control. As of now, it is still under investigation. We don’t know how it started, but it appears to have started in the stables where the horses were," he said.
On the beat
Columnist Shirley Leung says Boston mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh should focus on middle-class housing. Read more