An investigator with the Iowa State Fire Marshal will arrive Monday to look at the scene where a fire destroyed a Lee County business and killed 6 horses.
According to Denmark Fire Chief Neal Gathers, the fire broke out just before 2:00 am Sunday morning at 3077 170th St.- and the flames were so large that they could see flames a couple of miles away. The business was identified as Four B Tack and More. Gathers says it's a store that sells supplies for riding, such as saddles and proper clothing. He says there is also an indoor horse arena and stables.
According to the neighbors, six horses were killed.
Denmark and Wever Fire Departments responded, and West Point and Montrose later assisted with tankers, and Gathers says there were 35 firefighters on scene throughout the night.
Steve Pumphrey, a friend of the owner, was one of the first people on the scene.
"When John showed up, the owner, we tried to get the horses out and didn't succeed so, basically that's all we could do. We tried to get inside the barn and get the doors open and too much smoke, too much heat so it was hopeless," said Pumphrey.
John Beach, the owner of the business, says that the stables usually hold around 38 horses but he had let the majority of them out of the stable earlier that night.
Chief Gathers says the building is considered a complete loss.
However, Beach says he does plan on rebuilding.
As of now, the cause of the fire is undetermined and property damage is more than $200,000.
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