SALLISAW, Okla. (KFSM) — An investigation is underway after Premier Equine Veterinary Services in Sallisaw was destroyed in a fire Monday (Jan. 20) night.
According to Chief Barry Orendorff with Central High Fire Association, three horses were killed in the fire and possibly some puppies that could not be accounted for. Friends of the owner say there was nothing that could have been done to save the animals.
"It always hurts and it’s always hard if you know there is something that you can’t get to," said Chief Orendorff. "I really feel like they were long gone by the time we got to the fire because it was fully engulfed."
Firefighters were dispatched to the scene around 8:30 p.m. where it took about 30 firefighters working until nearly 3 a.m. to get the fire under control. Chief Orendorff says crews from all over the area were called in to assist Central High Fire Association, including Maple Rural Fire District and Brushy Mountain Volunteer Fire Department.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but at this time officials believe it could have been caused by an electrical issue.
According to those close to the veterinarian at Premier, about $3,000 worth of grain for the animals was ruined in the fire, along with the medical records for all of the animals that came into the facility.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with expenses.