Public Protection Cabinet
State Fire Marshal Completes Barn Fire Probe

Press Release Date:  Friday, November 21, 2008  
Contact Information:  Jim Carroll, 502-564-5525  

The Kentucky State Fire Marshal’s office has ruled that yesterday’s fire that killed more than two dozen horses at the Riverside Downs thoroughbred training facility near Henderson originated in the area of an electrical panel in the barn. The cause will be listed as undetermined and does not appear suspicious.


     Chris Pentecost, deputy state fire marshal, said he and two other staff members who responded to the fire have completed their field investigation on site. Damage to the structure made it impossible to determine an exact cause, Pentecost added. The barn was a total loss.