35 show horses killed as fire engulfs stables at US farm

ROSSVILLE, Georgia (AP) - Fire officials say 35 horses were killed when a fire swept through their stables at a business that raises show horses in Georgia state.

Georgia fire marshal spokesman Glenn Allen says the blaze happened on Thursday at Happy Valley Farms in Rossville, just south of the Georgia-Tennessee line.

He said the damage was estimated at up to US$6 million (S$7.7 million) because of the value of the horses that perished. He described them as show horses, and said that some were valued as high as US$250,000.

Mr Allen added that two stables and a storage facility were destroyed.

The cause was still under investigation on Friday afternoon.

Trainer Daniel Jenner says the structure was engulfed within 20 minutes.