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11 horses fighting to survive after devastating barn fire

Horses fight to survive after a barn in Loxahatchee Groves, Fla. caught fire (WPEC)

The eleven horses that survived a devastating barn fire are getting special treatment in a fight to survive.

WARNING: Some of the images are graphic.

The horses are at Reid And Associates Equine Clinic in Loxahatchee Groves.

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"Right now, the two that were in critical condition are stable but they're still in intensive care," said equine surgeon Dr. Ali Daniel.

The fire that ripped through the barn early Wednesday morning at the South Florida Training Center killed 12 of the 23 horses trapped inside.

"The immediate effects of a barn fire are always obviously the skin burns that you can see but sometimes the biggest concern is what you can't see," said Daniel.

Daniel says Smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide are of concern, and the plan is to keep the horses under a close eye over the next several days.

They're also using a hyperbaric oxygen chamber for those suffering from severe skin burns.


"It augments some of the healing. It helps the tissues respond," said Daniel.

Daniel's team, and the community, are now cheering these horses on as they always have, but this time, it's for their survival.

"The people, the trainers, the owners, it could be a loss of one of their family members," said Daniel.

It's unsure whether all 11 horses will survive. Daniel says his team will do their best to try.

The South Florida Training Center set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for recovery expenses.

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