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Barn burns at Old Friends farm, but no horses hurt

Retired racehorses at Old Friends Farm in Georgetown.
Retired racehorses at Old Friends Farm in Georgetown. File photo

A barn burned to the ground early Saturday at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms in Scott County, but no horses were in the barn at the time.

The lost building was the farm’s hospital barn, where medical care was provided and incoming horses temporarily were quarantined, said Barbara Fossum, a board member and volunteer who was at the farm hours later. The cause of the fire was not immediately known, Fossum said. Nor was the estimated property loss.

“They spent a lot of time renovating that barn over the last few months, but I can’t tell you exactly how much money went into it,” Fossum said.

A Scott County firefighter, responding to the blaze, slipped and fell at the scene, injuring a knee, according to the Georgetown Fire Department.

The nonprofit Old Friends, outside Georgetown, cares for more than 150 rescued and retired horses. It was founded in 2003 by former Boston Globe film critic Michael Blowen.

John Cheves: 859-231-3266, @BGPolitics

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