- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) - Firefighters say 16 horses were killed after a fire broke out in a barn north of Denver.

The fire reported just after 1 a.m. Tuesday near the city of Brighton.

Brighton Fire Rescue spokeswoman Natalie Ridderbos (RID’-der-boss) says the horses have various owners and that the barn appears to have been used as a boarding stable.

Firefighters don’t know exactly what sparked the fire but don’t believe it was intentionally set. They say it started in an area of the barn that contains a refrigerator and a light.

Another barn fire in the area killed eight horses in August. It was started by an overloaded extension cord.

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