GALLATIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – An investigation is underway after nearly a dozen horses were killed in a barn fire in Sumner County Saturday night.
It happened on Long Hollow Pike near the Davidson County line around 10:30 p.m.
The barn was owned by trainer Carla Hurley with Lead Me on Farm.
Hurley and horse owner Laurale Lowey left the barn around 9:20 p.m. Saturday.
Neighbors checked on the barn around 10 p.m. and reported that everything was fine.
A passer-by noticed the fire just 30 minutes later and tried to rescue the horses but was unsuccessful.
Eleven horses were killed in the fire. Ten of the horses were Tennessee Walking Horses.
A tractor, lawn mowers and saddles worth thousands of dollars were also destroyed. Seven barn cats were also inside the structure at the time. Five of them have been found, while two others remain missing.
Investigators are still working to determine a cause, but believe it was likely accidental.
Arson has been ruled out. The barn was not insured.