- Associated Press - Sunday, June 19, 2016

MONTEBELLO, Calif. (AP) - Fire officials say 10 horses have died in a stable fire outside Los Angeles.

Montebello Fire Department Battalion Chief Richard Fredrickson says the suspicious fire broke out early Sunday morning at a boarding stable near a river.

Fredrickson says investigators are not necessarily looking at the fire as arson but haven’t ruled it out.

Fredrickson says stable workers freed many of the horses, and some firefighters were nearly hit by horses running from the fire. Fredrickson says 22 horses escaped injury, but 10 perished in the blaze.

No people were injured in the fire that took two hours to knock down.

Fredrickson says anxious owners arrived after the fire to look for their horses.

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