PRAIRIE GROVE – Liz Wolodkiewicz said she only got an hour of sleep Friday night after her 25-year-old horse barely survived an intense barn fire.
Wolodkiewicz said she could not even remember how long she has boarded her horse at a barn at 2480 Barreville Road in Prairie Grove, but she was visibly shaken by the ordeal.
“You just don’t hear this [horses being saved] with barn fires,” Wolodkiewicz said. “We’re very lucky.”
Lynn Magoon has boarded her 23-year-old horse at the barn in Prairie Grove for more than 10 years. She said she heard about the blaze around 8:45 p.m. Friday.
Wolodkiewicz said the fire began in the top of the barn, where the hay is stacked. She explained that the owners’ daughter, Krista Ziec, was the reason both her and Magoon’s horses, and a third, made it out alive.
“We think it was lightning,” Wolodkiewicz said. “But Krista was watching the storm and saw smoke. She helped save the horses. It [the barn] just collapsed after the last two got out.”
There were no injuries to horses or people, Wolodkiewicz said. ComEd workers were on the scene Saturday morning rerouting power to the nearby barn where the horses had been moved.
Officials with Nunda Rural Fire Protection district are investigating the cause of the fire, which started in the roof area. More than 30 agencies responded to the incident, which lasted about eight hours, according to the district. No one was injured.