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Woman Grieving the Loss of Horses

A woman who owns a barn that caught fire is trying to deal with losing several of her horses early Sunday morning.

While the state police fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, the owner of the barn believes it was sparked by something electrical inside the barn.

Smoke slowly seeps from a burned down horse barn at Pleasant Ridge Farm near Mountainhome.

The barn was home to nine horses and two pigs, most of which died in the blaze Sunday morning.

“Today I feel just so odd. Usually I’m up at six and you feed and you have all these things you have to do, all day long. You just move and move and move. And I got up today and I was like, ‘What am I going to do all day?’ There’s nothing to occupy my time,” said Briana Yetter, the owner of Pleasant Ridge Farm.

Yetter said she was working the night the fire sparked. She said she started getting several calls from neighbors telling her that her barn was on fire.

“First I was like that is crazy, you gotta run down there. Open all the doors. Let everyone out,” said Yetter.

Yetter said one of her neighbors tried to rescue the nine horses and two pigs but it was too late.

“As she’s running down she’s on the phone with me. She said, ‘There’s no getting in there.’ It went up so fast,” said Yetter.

Prudence the pig is the lone survivor of the barn fire. If you look closely, you can see she does have some injuries from the fire. Yetter said she does believe Prudence knows what happened.

“She knows. Like I said, pigs are sensitive. They feel it. She’s definitely an emotional pig,” said Yetter.

Yetter plans to rebuild in hopes of turning this tragedy into something to honor the lives lost.

“You can replace barns, you can replace saddles. You can’t replace the talent that was in the barn or the personalities,” said Yetter.

Yetter does have insurance for her barn.


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