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Fire destroys barn with 30 horses but the horses escaped

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Fire destroyed an Iowa horse barn, but authorities believe all the horses that lived there escaped.

The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/2h65OsP ) the fire was reported Friday evening in Madison County.

West Des Moines Fire Chief Mike Whitsell says crews couldn't do much initially because there are no hydrants in the area near the Maffitt Lake Equestrian Center.

Whitsell says the barn was already collapsing when firefighters arrived. The flames were visible roughly 10 miles away.

Nearly 30 horses were housed in the barn. Whitsell said they were being rescued when firefighters arrived and some had fled the barn on their own.

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