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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    North East Ohio

    Sad news story about my parents neighbors.

    Barn fire kills six horses
    POSTED: Wednesday, January 19, 2005 1:48:54 PM
    UPDATED: Wednesday, January 19, 2005 10:48:27 PM
    HAMBDEN TOWNSHIP -- A terrible barn fire overnight in Geauga County killed a Hamden family’s six prize Belgian show horses.

    It’s the latest tragedy for a mother, father and son, who have endured a medical crisis and military deployment.

    Just after midnight with nobody home, the Apthorp’s two-story horse barn bursts into flames trapping their twelve beloved Belgians mighty workhorses that they show at county fairs and use to bring in the hay on neighbors farms.

    Six of the majestic animals perished in their stalls - six others were rescued.

    A passerby saw the flames and came up to the one story barn where he was able to save three of the horses.

    Firefighters had to put blankets over the surviving horses heads to get them out of the fire.

    “They didn’t want to leave,” said Fire Chief Scott Hildenbrand. “They wanted to stay in their comfortable stalls - so they had to cover their eyes and lead them out.”

    A neighbor’s caring for three of the horses - three others are in an equine hospital.

    In the midst of the devastation and death, a welcome sign of life - “Inky” the barn cat survived.

    “She’s my buddy I’m glad she made it,” Dorsey Apthorp said.

    Apthorp is toting up the losses.

    Besides the animals and farm equipment...

    She will e-mail the news to her son in Iraq.

    Telling her 76-year-old husband, Tom, in hospice care with a brain aneurysm will be a tougher assignment.

    “His, the horses are his love,” Apthorp said. “That’s something he remembers and I’m not sure I want to shock him with that today.”

    Investigators are still looking into what caused the fire. The chief estimates the loss at $300,000. Neighbors have set up a fund to help the Apthorps.

    To help the family recover from this fire, a fund has been set up at First National Bank. Ask for the Apthorp Fire Fund.

    *Of the three that were hurt, Doc, Amy and Barbie, Amy is doing the best, Doc has bad burns on his face and eyes, and Barbie is a pregant mare, they don't know yet if Doc and/or Barbie are going to make it. My mom was trying to calm Barbie down once they got her out of the barn. She and my father were talking to her and walking her around so she wouldn't go down. *
    The barn cat she talks about Inky, is the mother of my parents cat Leroy.
    ~Angie, Sierra & Buddy
    **Don't breed or buy while shelter dogs die!**

    I suffer from multiple Shepherd syndrome

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    That is so sad. She shouldn't say a word to her father. How would he know if she didn't tell him? Poor horses.

    I did the right thing by setting you free
    But the pain is very deep.
    If only I could turn back time, forever, you I'd keep.
    I miss you

    I hear you whimper in your sleep
    I gently pet you and say, no bad dreams
    It will be alright, to my dog as dark as night.

    Fur as dark as the night.
    Join me on this flight.
    Paws of love that follow me.
    In my heart you'll forever be.

    How I wish I could hold you near.
    Turn back time to make it so.
    Hug you close and never let go.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Montana USA
    Prayers for the family and Doc, Amy,and Barbie.

  4. #4
    How devestating. Friends of our family own Belgians and my dad is constantly helping out with the horses. They are his favorite breed.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
    ~Kimmy, Chipper, Zam, Logan, Raptor, Nimrod, June, Mei, Jasper, Esme, Lucy Inara, & Morla
    RIP my sweet Kia

  5. #5
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    Nov 2000
    Never has the Last word.
    Prayers on the way - I don't think she would tell her husband either - I would worry the shock would be too much for him.
    Keegan 9/28/2001 to June 9, 2012
    Kylie (June 2000 to 5/19/2012)
    "we as American's have forgotten we can agree to disagree"
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    Godspeed Phred and Gini you will be missed more than you ever know..

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Ploss's Halfway House for Homeless Cats
    How tragic! My heart and thoughts go out to the family and remaining animals.

    Rest In Peace Casey (Bubba Dude) Your paw print will remain on my heart forever. 12/02
    Mollie Rose, you were there for me through good times and in bad, from the beginning.Your passing will leave a hole in my heart.We will be together "One Fine Day". 1994-2009
    MooShoo,you left me too soon.I wasn't ready.Know that you were my soulmate and have left me broken hearted.I loved you like no other. 1999 - 2010See you again "ONE FINE DAY"
    Maya Linn, my heart is broken. The day your beautiful blue eyes went blind was the worst day of my life.I only wish I could've done something.I'll miss your "premium" purr and our little "conversations". 1997-2013 See you again "ONE FINE DAY"


  7. #7
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    Sep 2004
    How, I don't think he needs to know either...let him have happy memories of his horses

  8. #8
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    Jun 2000
    Drama Queen Rehab

    The family -furry and skinned- will be in my thoughts.

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