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Fire Kills Eleven Horses In Woodford County Barn Blaze

VERSAILLES, KY -- Eleven horses died when a barn caught fire in Woodford County Saturday, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader in its Sunday edition.

Woodford County Fire Chief Bennie Green told a reporter for the newspaper that a neighbor noticed the fire at Fab Oak Stable on Paynes Mill Road at the county's eastern edge about 2:30 a.m.

The neighbor said there was no chance to save the horses, because the whole structure was on fire by the time the fire was spotted.

The stable where the fire occured is owned by Fabien Ouaki, 48, of Paris, France, reports the newspaper. Ouaki is involved in the racing industry, and a co-owner of the Tati chain of clothing stores in Paris, according to his biography on the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Web site, the newspaper reports.

According to the Web site, Fab Oak horses had 24 racing starts last year and earnings of $706,000.

Woodford County Fire Chief Bennie Green told the newspaper the metal barn was filled with hay and burned very fast and hot. Greene said he expected the fire to smolder well into Sunday.

Green said there was no indication of what caused the fire, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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