18 horses dead after Illinois barn fire

Horse owners from around the area tend to the horses that survived a massive stable fire early Wednesday, July 5, 2017 in Plainfield, Ill. Authorities say the horses died and two people were hurt after a morning blaze struck a horse-boarding barn in the southwestern Chicago suburbs. Plainfield Deputy Fire Chief Jon Stratton says 30 horses were in the barn when the fire started but a dozen survived because owners and firefighters were able to let them out. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. (Mark Welsh/Daily Herald via AP)
Caption
Horse owners from around the area tend to the horses that survived a massive stable fire early Wednesday, July 5, 2017 in Plainfield, Ill. Authorities say the horses died and two people were hurt after a morning blaze struck a horse-boarding barn in the southwestern Chicago suburbs. Plainfield Deputy Fire Chief Jon Stratton says 30 horses were in the barn when the fire started but a dozen survived because owners and firefighters were able to let them out. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. (Mark Welsh/Daily Herald via AP)

Credit: Mark Welsh

Credit: Mark Welsh

Eighteen horses are dead after a fire broke out in a barn in a Chicago suburb.

WGN reported that the fire began at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday at Paradise Farm in Plainfield, Illinois.

>> Read more trending news

Mary Ludemann with the Plainfield Fire Protection District told WMAQ that 30 horses were in the barn when the fire began. Because there were no fire hydrants in the area, firefighters had to relay water to the barn.

By the time firefighters arrived, the building was completely in flames.

WLS reported that the fire was under control around 1:45 a.m., according to Plainfield Deputy Fire Chief Jon Stratton.

Authorities said the barn was a “total loss.” Plainfield Police Chief John Konopek said nothing indicates the fire was suspicious.

This Wednesday, July 5, 2017 photo shows the site where 18 horses died after a barn fire in Plainfield, Ill. Authorities say the horses died and two people were hurt after a morning blaze struck a horse-boarding barn in the southwestern Chicago suburbs. Plainfield Deputy Fire Chief Jon Stratton says 30 horses were in the barn when the fire started but a dozen survived because owners and firefighters were able to let them out. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. (Mark Welsh/Daily Herald via AP)
Caption
This Wednesday, July 5, 2017 photo shows the site where 18 horses died after a barn fire in Plainfield, Ill. Authorities say the horses died and two people were hurt after a morning blaze struck a horse-boarding barn in the southwestern Chicago suburbs. Plainfield Deputy Fire Chief Jon Stratton says 30 horses were in the barn when the fire started but a dozen survived because owners and firefighters were able to let them out. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. (Mark Welsh/Daily Herald via AP)

Credit: Mark Welsh

Credit: Mark Welsh

Two people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries after trying to rescue horses. A dozen horses were rescued.

“These are pets that are part of people's families," Riddle told WMAQ. “It's hard to imagine the suffering of the animals.”

A veterinarian was at the barn helping to treat horses that were rescued.

All the owners of the horses were notified.

An investigation into the fire is ongoing.