Groom, 33 Horses Die In Detroit Stable Fire: Two Barns Razed in Three-Hour Blaze; Estimate 00,000 Damage, Daily Racing Form, 1944-06-19


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Groom 33 Horses Die In Detroit Stable Fire FireTwo Two Barns Razed in ThreeHour Blaze Estimate 200000 Damage Damagee e I DETROIT Mich June 17 A fire that razed two barns early this morning at the Fair Grounds caused the death of one man David Scott a groom and 33 thoroughbreds including David J Fer ¬ gusons BellBuzzer who finished seventh in this years renewal of the Kentucky Derby Scores of other horses were injured injuredProperty Property damage was estimated in excess of 200000 The greatest loss was sus ¬ tained by George C White of Henderson ville Term 12 of the 20 horses under his supervision being burned to death The majority of the Whitetrained horses be ¬ long to various owners but five of those lost were registered in his wifes name nameIn In addition to BellBuzzer Ferguson a local patron lost Wise Colors Black Skim ¬ mer My Myri Great Scot and Coffeeman Those in Whites care who succumbed were Chaco Ballad El Pueblo MarGeo Bailie Star Listen Thor Harlen Ann Three Roses Sunny Bunny Pilot Rock Miss Marvel White Mystery and Golden Re ¬ ward Incidentally the latter was the property of George Krehbiel Detroit turf writer and whose lone other horse Golden Man was saved savedScott Scott a stable groom who lived at the barn died of burns at 4 a ni in Highland Park General Hospital He was 56 years old His death was attributed in part to deafness which left him unaware of the Continued on Page Three Groom 33 Horses Die In Detroit Stable Fire FireTwo Two Barns Razed in ThreeHour Blaze Estimate 200000 Damage DamageContinued Continued from Paste One Oneconflagration conflagration Two other grooms were burned and two other men injured when kicked by horses they were attempting to lead from the flaming buildings buildingsIt It is said Scott was asleep in the tack room of barn No 10 where the fire started around midnight and quickly spread to barn No 10A The buildings quartered 69 horses The lives of some 40 stable hands was endangered by the fire And it was fortunate that the wind sweep was easti ward For had it been in the opposite di ¬ rection damage presumably would have been much worse as there are 10 other barns in that area and in a direct line lineThe The fire raged for some three hours and during this time nearby barns were emptied of horses Most of these along with those rescued from the gutted barns were herded in the centerfield and in the excitement of the incident some broke away As yet a complete estimate has not been made of the horseflesh loss As aforementioned the known dead number 33 but there are numerous horses not yet accounted for forBesides Besides the dead man those injured were Michael Ayers 56 a groom who suf ¬ fered head injuries and fractured ribs when kicked by a horse Al Becklew 16 an exercise boy who sustained burns and knee injuries received while trying to escape from the burning building Alec Boris a groom who turned in the alarm and who suffered minor burns and Griffin Dommer 50 a spectator who was injured while aiding in the rescue of horses horsesFollowing Following is a list of horses known to be lost in the fire with their age and owner ownerTrained Trained by George C White Chaco Ballad 3 colt Miss M Woolwine El Pueblo 3 gelding George F McCarthy MarGeo 2 filly George F McCarthy Bailie Star 4 colt M P Brothers Listen Thor 2 colt Jack Bronaugh Harlen Ann 3 filly Mrs G C White Three Roses 4 filly Mrs G C White Sunny Bunny 3 filly Mrs G C White Pilot Rock 3 colt Mrs G C White Miss Marvel 2 filly Mrs G C White White Mystery 2 filly Mrs G C White Golden Reward 2 filly George Krehbiel KrehbielTrained Trained by N T Mayo Tarantula 5 horse B L Williams Parkdale 2 colt Allen H Smith Tsuga Bee 3 filly Allen H Smith Masked Ranger 3 colt D B Carpenter Stand Alone 7 gelding D B Carpenter Lot o Sun 2 filly Allen H Smith Spare Room 4 filly D B Carpenter CarpenterTrained Trained by L G Bedwell Flying Double 5 gelding MrMrsBledsoe Carl Junior 4 colt Carl Whittenton Balboa Park 4 colt Carl Whittenton Estimulo 5 gelding Edward I Codley CodleyTrained Trained by Charles Sanborn BellBuzzer 3 colt D J Ferguson Wise Colors 3 filly D J Ferguson Black Skimmer 4 filly D J Ferguson My Myri 5 mare D J Ferguson Great Scot 3 gelding D J Ferguson Coffeeman 6 gelding J Abplanalp AbplanalpTrained Trained by Van Horton r3 r3Wise Wise Duke 11 gelding Mrs M M Johr Hadmore 7 gelding Mrs M M Johr Look Sharp 2 filly Mrs M M Johr Exclamatory 3 colt Mrs M M Johr JohrTrainer Trainer N T Mayo also reported that Edward I Codleys fiveyearold mare Islam Girl is missing Three stable ponies were also destroyed by fire fireThe The Arson Squad of the Detroit Police Department today took into custody a sus ¬ pect in connection with the fire The sus ¬ pect known solely as Peg and a fre ¬ quenter of race tracks acknowledged beingr on the grounds prior to the conflagration but denied any connection with it

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