REHOBOTH — Several horses escaped from a burning barn off Slater Street early Thursday morning, and a fundraising campaign has been launched to help out.
The blaze was reported about 12:30 a.m. at Remembrance Hill Carriages, a six-acre horse farm at 36 Slater St., not far from the Attleboro line.
The eight-stall barn was used by Equi Evolution, an equine-facilitated learning program offering therapeutic mental health services and equine-assisted activities.
“The horses all escaped unharmed,” the fire department said on its Facebook page.
A fundraiser is being organized by Samantha Thorpe of Rehoboth to help rebuild the barn.
“Incredibly, all 6 of our horses and our famous donkey, Vinnie, escaped unharmed. Everything else was a total loss,” a statement on a GoFundMe page said. “The barn, along with all of our tack, equipment, session props, and countless other items were lost in the fire.
“We are in absolute shock and are working to set up temporary housing facilities for our animals.”
Over $1,245 was raised in the first two hours after the campaign went live and the total early Thursday night stood at $2,425 from 37 donors. The goal is $20,000.
It took some time to get the fire under control and the barn was a total loss.
Water tanker trucks had to be used to battle the fire as the town doesn’t have municipal water.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
“We hope to have answers soon as to how this could have happened,” the GoFundMe page said.
The page is at gf.me/v/c/jnf/equi-evolution-fire-recovery .
Email email@example.com for more information on how to help.
“We sincerely appreciate any donations to help us care for our animals and get our program back up and running as quickly as possible,” the GoFundMe page stated. “We are also accepting donations of any equine items such as halters, lead ropes, grooming tools, etc. to help us provide basic care for our animals while we get back on our feet.
“We are truly blessed to be part of such an incredible and supportive community and cannot thank you enough for your help during this difficult time.”