- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 27, 2009

CHESAPEAKE CITY, Md. — Authorities said Sunday that a fire at a Maryland equestrian center has killed seven horses that were being boarded there.

One firefighter suffered minor injuries. He was treated and released from a local hospital.

Joseph Zurolo, a spokesman for the state fire marshal’s office, says one family owned five of the horses being boarded at the Royal Equestrian Center in Chesapeake City.

One of the horses was valued at $40,000.

It took 75 firefighters to put out the three-alarm blaze, which was under control in about 45 minutes. Damages are estimated to be about $1 million.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire, and Mr. Zurolo said it’s too early to tell what may have caused the blaze.

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