- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

HOCKESSIN, Del. (AP) - The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating a barn fire at a farm near Hockessin that killed 11 horses.

Fire officials say the blaze began Sunday night at the Yorklyn barn and that by the time firefighters arrived, the structure was fully engulfed. One of the horses inside managed to break free and survived, but the fire killed 11 other horses.

The News Journal reports that the farm specializes in breeding Straight Egyptian Arabian horses, a blend of strains of pure desert-heritage horses.

The farm’s owner, Nadia Belkadi, was unable to speak about the death of her horses Monday.

Investigators are working to figure out what caused the fire.

Damage to the barn is estimated at $60,000. There was no estimate for how much the horses were worth.

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