Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sad news...Parkland Stable Fire

I was working tonight at my ABC station in Portland and saw this come down from Seattle.

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. -- Fifteen horses have died in a fire that broke out at a stable near Parkland on Thursday night.

Officials said a 2-alarm fire broke out at Eckstein Stables, LLC in the 13100 block of Bingham Avenue East just before 7 p.m., causing a part of the structure to collapse.

No one was injured aside from the killed horses which were being boarded there.

The owner of the stable said as soon as a heat detector sounded the alarm at 6:56 p.m., fire crews rushed to the scene. The nearest station was just a mile down the road, but by the time they arrived all 15 horses had died.

"This is really hard. This is really hard and I've got a lot of people I've got to explain this to," stable owner Tom Eckstein said.

"Horrible, it's horrible. I can't believe it. It's got to be a horrible way to go," said Jessica Seal.

One by one, owners of the horses rushed over to the barn where they had boarded their horses.

Missy Ashbrook lost her horse, Uno.

"He was such a big part of our lives. I just can't process right now that he's gone," she said.

Kristal Derochey lost two of her beloved animals.

"My horses just died. The whole barn went up in flames and nobody made it out," she said.

The stable was packed to the rafters with hay. Even the tiniest spark could have set the whole building ablaze.

Firefighters said they may never know the exact case of the fire, and the news is unsettling for the grief-stricken horse owners. For them, losing their horse is not unlike losing a family member.

"We built our whole life around our horse," Ashbrook said.

Here is a link to the story. If you want to watch a video story, here is a link. It was hard to watch that one.


Laura said...

This is such horrible news. My friends Horse was one of those killed. I was also thinking of moving my horse to this barn. It was such a fun, welcoming place with happy horses. It's hard to believe this could happen.

Ishtar said...

That is so sad! I hope they find out what really happened...

OnTheBit said...

Thats horrible. I know barn fires are always a risk but that doesn't make it easier when they happen!! My condolences go out to all those involved. That is just horrible.

Grey Horse Matters said...

This is one of my biggest fears. with a barn fire it seems to go up so fast, there is so little time to get anyone out.
This is so sad, I feel for the owners and the horses. What a horrible way to die.

photogchic said...

Laura..give your friend our condolences. I saw the story and my heart sank. One of my worst fears, so sorry it is a reality for them.

Reddunappy said...

I think its a good time for this poem again. we had a barn fire in our horse community, horses died, a few years ago, its devistating and makes me want to cry.

Just A Horse

From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a horse" or, "that's a lot of money for "just a horse".

They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a horse".

Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a horse".

Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a horse", but I did not feel slighted.

Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a horse" and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a horse" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.

If you, too think it's "just a horse" then you will probably understand phrases like "just a friend", "just a sunrise" or "just a promise".

"Just a horse" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust and pure unbridled joy.

"Just a horse" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person.

Because of "just a horse" I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.

So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a horse" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.

"Just a horse" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a horse" but a thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a woman".

So the next time you hear the phrase "just a horse" just smile, because they "just" don't understand.

Anonymous said...

I am sick with tears...I pray every time I see our Stable owners smoking near the hay room!
Too too many times.

Tracey said...

Missy and Uno were members of a forum I frequent...she's devastated.

Fantastyk Voyager said...

awww! that is sooo sad!!!!

I can't imagine the anger and anguish those horse owners are feeling right now.

What an unecessary tragedy!

Rising Rainbow said...

It was a portable heater in a tack room that caused this fire. They think the heater was knocked over by a horse kicking the wall.

A friend of mine gave lessons to the girl with two horses. Her family is devestated.

Lynda said...

My condolences to everyone. This would be a very hard thing. However, it is never a good idea to store hay in the same barn as the horses. Boarders should watch for this kind of danger in their own barns.

Callie said...

So sad, such a tragedy!

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EquineMan said...

What do you say? That is so traggic, that all those people had to go through that.

I would be freaked out if that happened to our horses or even to someone elses.

There should be a safety gate system that opens when an alarm is triggered.

I hope they all recieve grace to get through it.

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Abby said...

Thanks Laura (sissy) It was tragic and coming up on the 11th the memory relives): Love you issy

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