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Equine Lab at Colorado State University destroyed in fire

No cause has been named for the fire which is currently under investigation.

2-Aug-11

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Early in the morning on July 26, firefighters responded to reports of a fire at the Equine Reproduction Laboratory at Colorado State University's Fort Collins campus. The fire did not spread to the barn areas and no horses or humans were injured in the blaze, but the office and some laboratories were demolished. Current reports put the damage at $12 million.

Horses in barns close to the damaged buildings were moved as a precaution, but the university stated that the horses were not in serious danger.

The fire is being investigated by several agencies, including the FBI and Northern Colorado Bomb Squad. According to an article published in the Denver Post, the intense investigation does not necessarily mean that the fire was a case of arson. The agencies are frequently called in for large or expensive buildings with costly damage.

The ERL will continue to have its regular services available during the rebuilding process.

CSU is home to one of the top equine research facilities in the United States. The ERL is responsible for many advances in modern equine reproduction as well as treating rare and difficult veterinary cases in broodmares and foals.

To read the most recent updates and learn how to contribute to the rebuilding fund, visit /redirect.aspx?location=http%3a%2f%2fwww.cvmbs.colostate.edu%2fbms%2ferl%2f

Further Reading
Extinguish the Threat of Barn Fires
Be Prepared for a Barn Fire

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Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

8/2/2011 11:27:05

How awful.

PKL    somewhere, WY

8/2/2011 8:20:52 AM

What a loss, at least humans and the horses were saved.

TRAIL RIDER    G-VILLE, WV

8/2/2011 6:50:50 AM

HOW SAD. I REALLY HOPE IT WASNT ARSON. :( THANKFULLY NO ONE WAS HURT OR DIED.

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