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Saturday January 20th, 2018 6:01PM

UPDATE: HCFS: 20 horses killed in East Hall blaze

By Scott Kimbler Reporter

Twenty horses and two dogs were killed in the fire in East Hall Friday night that roared through a chicken house that was being used as a barn.

Hall County Fire Services spokesman Zachary Brackett provided the updated information Saturday. 

Capt. Brackett had said earlier the location of the fire was on Pillsbury Road, adding that getting the blaze under control quickly was essential.  "There were several houses that were nearby," he said. "There were also several chicken houses that were close."

Brackett said a water source was more than a half-mile away, making fighting the fire more difficult.  Brackett added the 200-foot long chicken house had been converted to a horse barn.

"The owner of the land and chicken house leased out one chicken houses to another individual who then sublet space to horse owners. We are still working to notify and get into contact with all of them."

Capt. Brackett said Saturday the cause of the fire has been determined as "accidental," but provided no further information.

He added the call came in about 10:00  and crews arrived within about 10 minutes and remained on the scene until around 2:00 a.m. 

"The chicken house was 70% involved at that time (firefighters arrived) and was quickly consumed by the fire." 

Jackson County firefighters assisted with the call.

(AccessWDUN's Ken Stanford contributed to this story.)

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