10 horses killed in barn fire

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Ten horses were killed during an early-morning fire at a stable.

The owner of Drinkard Stables in Decatur says he drove to check out the barn after hearing two popping sounds just before 7 a.m. Saturday and found flames coming out of both sides and the top.

Skip Drinkard says the fire was so hot it singed his hair when he tried to get to the rollup door, which Drinkard says had fallen halfway down.

He says four of the horses were being fed and prepared for racing next month in Ohio.

Three were mares and their six-week-old foals.

Drinkard says the deaths were heartbreaking.

He says another 20 horses were roaming a field and are fine.

Drinkard isn't sure if he'll rebuild.

A fire official says the fire appeared to be caused by an electrical malfunction.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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