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Horses rescued from Aiken barn fire

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Four horses were rescued after an Aiken barn at McGhee’s Mile caught fire Tuesday afternoon.

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A barn fire at McGhee's Mile, formerly known as Aiken Training Track, on Banks Mill Road appears to have started after someone attempted to thaw a frozen water line with a blowtorch.   SPECIAL
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A barn fire at McGhee's Mile, formerly known as Aiken Training Track, on Banks Mill Road appears to have started after someone attempted to thaw a frozen water line with a blowtorch.


Sgt. Jake Mahoney, of Aiken Department of Public Safety, said responders were called to the fire at McGhee’s Mile, formerly known as Aiken Training Track, on Banks Mill Road about 1 p.m.

Officers and passers-by helped to rescue the horses; none were injured during the incident.

Mahoney said it appears the fire started as a result of a man attempting to thaw a frozen water line with a blowtorch. The fire was reported shortly after the man, who keeps a horse in the barn, left the area.

Owner Janis McGhee said most of the damage was structural and that equipment was saved from the fire.

“It couldn’t have turned out any better,” she said. “It was just one stall, so there’s not much to replace.”

McGhee said she doesn’t yet know how much the repairs will cost.

McGhee’s Mile has three tracks and about 400 horse stalls on the property.

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bdouglas
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bdouglas 01/07/14 - 08:55 pm
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Well that's certainly one

Well that's certainly one heck of a way to thaw the pipes...

dwb619
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dwb619 01/07/14 - 08:58 pm
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torch or heat tape

I admit to thawing pipe with propane torch in the past.
Heat tape is the safest way to go now.

curly123053
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curly123053 01/08/14 - 08:10 am
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Oh Well!

Having done done fire/EMS work in the past I have seen many fires caused by the carelessness of using blow torches for things from thawing out pipes to stripping old paint off window sills, which is what caused the massive Grace Estate fire I responded to years ago in Aiken. Therefore I would never even think of using a blow torch for such things, especially a horse stable with all the wood and hay. I am glad the fire got contained to one stall and the horses were okay. Next time be better prepared to be proactive when you know in adbvance like we did the temps were plummeting to record lows.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/08/14 - 09:43 am
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Frozen pipe = no water

Frozen pipe = no water source
enter open flame

One little spark around a horse stall and voila. FAIL

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