30 horses escape barn fire 
at ranch near Carbondale

A fire at a ranch outside Carbondale early Wednesday morning killed about 20 chickens and damaged a large barn, but up to 30 horses inside it escaped uninjured.

The Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District said in a news release that it was called to a fire at Cedar Ridge Ranch at 3059 County Road 103 in Missouri Heights at 12:18 a.m. Wednesday. Upon the first firefighter’s arrival, a 12-by-12-foot chicken coop was engulfed in flames and was being fought with fire extinguishers by the property owner.

The coop, which was destroyed, was adjacent to the barn, which also suffered damage. However, firefighters were able to save the barn, and the horses inside it were released before firefighters arrived.

The chicken coop was a total loss; however no dollar amount has been determined at this time. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

“The horse barn at Cedar Ridge Ranch is an important structure in the Missouri Heights area. I am so happy the property owner and the fire fighters were able to save it from burning,” Carbondale fire chief Ron Leach said in the news release.

According to its web site, the ranch is located on more than 100 acres and the family of Randy, Pam and Merrill Johnson offers horse boarding and training facilities there.

The fire was under control at 12:44 a.m. Wednesday. Its cause is under investigation.


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