Horses, staff safe after Old Friends barn fire

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TwinSpires Staff

January 23rd, 2016

Edited Press Release

Georgetown Scott County Fire Departments responded to a fire during the night Saturday in one of the barns at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility located in Georgetown, Kentucky.

The two horses that were in the hospital/quarantine barn were quickly and safely evacuated and Old Friends reports that no horses or staff were injured. However, the farm reported via Twitter on Saturday that one firefighter was injured.

"It's a testament to our amazing staff," said Old Friends president Michael Blowen. "The horses in the barn got out without a scratch and everyone is all right, and that's all that matters. The fire crews have been great, and we're grateful for all of their help today."

Georgetown Scott County Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the fire, which resulted in a total loss of the barn.