Stud farm fire kills 70 horses in France

June 17, 2024
A horsewoman takes care of a thoroughbred horse at the "Ecurie de la seconde Chance" in Combree, western France. — AFP/file

RENNES, France: A fire that broke out at a stud farm in northwestern France killed 70 horses, an initial report from the local government said on Sunday.


The fire burnt through a 500-square-metre shed located at the Bernesq stud farm early Sunday in Calvados, Normandy, which was dedicated to breeding racehorses.

Firefighters were still on site late on Sunday morning.

The local authority told AFP that “checks are necessary, but 70 horses were reported dead”, including mares and foals that were in the stable.

It added that the cause of the fire is believed to have been accidental but that police would be investigating the incident to determine the precise cause.