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Three horses killed in Dorking-area fire

Five stations responded to a late night structure fire on Wellington Road 86
Firefighters weren't able to save a large wooden shed but were able to save a barn with 300 cattle and the nearby house.

MAPLETON – Multiple stations responded to a late night fire at a farm on the edge of the county that killed three horses but most structures were saved from serious damage. 

Mapleton fire chief Rick Richardson explained over a phone call they got a call around midnight for a barn fire at an address on Wellington Road 86 near Dorking, originally thought to be a Mapleton address but was technically in Perth East. 

The structure on fire was a large wooden implement shed with tractors, tools and horses — used by the owners who are horse and buggy Mennonites. Richardson said they couldn’t get the horses out and three died in the fire. 

“We put a lot of water on the barn with all the beef cattle on it and the house which is not too far from that shed,” Richardson said, adding there were about 300 cows. “We saved both the house and the barn.”

Firefighters from Drayton, Moorefield, Milverton, Shakespeare and Linwood stations all responded to the fire. The Mapleton firefighters were there until about 4 a.m. before turning it over to Milverton to keep an eye out for hotspots. 

The chief suspected the fire was caused by a tractor’s block heater and said a damage estimate is tricky when it comes to Mennonite properties. 

“We always do like $500,000 on the building because it’s a Mennonite building, they build their own stuff with their own labour,” Richardson said, adding the cost of replacing tools and tractors would also depend on who you ask.

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Keegan Kozolanka

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Keegan Kozolanka is a general assignment reporter for EloraFergusToday, covering Wellington County. Keegan has been working with Village Media for more than two years and helped launch EloraFergusToday in 2021.
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