Fourteen race horses are dead after a suspicious fire ripped through their stalls in South Lubbock County Wednesday afternoon.
The blaze started around 4pm inside a metal barn on 114th Street about half a mile east of the Tahoka Highway. It took the Woodrow Fire Department more than three hours to bring the fire under control.
"It's an unknown type of fire. (When) we got here there was fire in one corner. It spread all the way through the building. There were four stalls with race horse; 14 died in the fire," Woodrow Fire Department Chief Jimmy Tyson said.
Fire officials say the blaze created an immense amount of heat inside the metal building severely burning the 14 quarter horses.
They also say Wednesday's high winds helped fuel the fire.
The State Fire Marshal's Office will be back on the scene Thursday to investigate the blaze.
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