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16 horses found dead in Colorado barn fire

Posted at 4:15 PM, Dec 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-13 16:15:27-05

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) -- Firefighters say 16 horses were killed after a fire broke out in a barn north of Denver.

The fire reported just after 1 a.m. Tuesday near the city of Brighton.

Brighton Fire Rescue spokeswoman Natalie Ridderbos says the horses have various owners and that the barn appears to have been used as a boarding stable.

Firefighters don't know exactly what sparked the fire but don't believe it was intentionally set. They say it started in an area of the barn that contains a refrigerator and a light.

Another barn fire in the area killed eight horses in August. It was started by an overloaded extension cord.