At least they were dead by the time the flames reached them.
It’s the only thing that helps ease the pain for Barb and Jamie Millier, who are still struggling with feelings of guilt and regret for the deaths of 43 horses in a horrific barn fire earlier this year.
“A vet came in, examined a horse that died here . . . and he said the horse died of smoke inhalation,'” says Jamie Millier, choking back tears. “So at least they didn’t burn alive.”
The loss of so many horses at Classy Lane stables – a 54-hectare horse training centre in Puslinch, Ont. – was devastating not only for the Milliers, who own the facility, and the animals’ owners and trainers, but the whole rural community.