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Fair Hill Training Center’s Parlo II West barn was destroyed by fire on Christmas Eve


No people or horses were injured in the Christmas Eve fire that destroyed a barn at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Maryland.

The barn known as Parlo II West, which housed an outpatient veterinary clinic operated by Dr Kathleen Anderson and is used for much of the year by trainer Michael Matz, was completely burned down around 18 30:30 ET Friday, according to a witness. The blaze was brought out within 90 minutes, but the damage was done with little other than the remaining concrete block walls.

Matz, a former Olympic rider best known in racing as the coach of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro and 2012 Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags had moved his stable to the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida for the winter. Anderson was not in town for the Christmas holidays when the fire broke out and she said the clinic closed around 4 p.m. due to the holidays. The fire did not spread to other barns.

Anderson said the barn was built in 2005 and had a fire alarm system, fire wall and sprinkler system. The cause of the fire, she said, was not known.

“We seem to have lost everything, but luckily no horse or person was involved,” said Anderson. “There was a lot of diagnostic equipment: x-rays, ultrasound, pharmacy, plus medical records. “

Former president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Anderson lost her home to a fire in 1997.

“This is the second time for me,” she said. “The fire of 1997 was not pleasant, and it is more tolerable because it is strictly material goods and we can cope with it. Dealing with the loss of horses or people is much worse.

Nonetheless, Anderson said, she and Matz – who she spoke to by phone – are “devastated” by the loss.

This is also the second fire at Fair Hill, which destroyed a 40-stall barn in a 2005 fire that left 24 horses dead.

Denise Bennett, who is housed in an adjacent barn, submitted the following video of the fire.


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