A near disaster was avoided at Robert Clay’s Three Chimneys Farm in Midway Sunday night when a broodmare barn caught fire and was destroyed after being struck by lightning.
The Spinster barn housed two broodmares but both horses escaped without injury. Night watchman Billy Kutchman and assistant broodmare manager Jennifer DeLaittre were nearby when the barn caught fire and were able to rescue the two horses and put them in a pasture away from harm without injury to themselves or the mares.
"Oh my gosh, we were so lucky," said Case Clay, president of Three Chimneys. "Everybody is okay, all the horses are okay. Billy and Jennifer were close by and got the mares out. They are heroes in my book. Everybody is doing fine and the barn is insured. It could have been a lot worse."
One mare was taken to a veterinary clinic to be checked out but was reportedly doing well and eating well as of Monday morning. The other mare is resting comfortably at Three Chimneys.
No other barns at Three Chimneys were affected by the fire.