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   10.04.05 || Elburn Horse Barn Fire

Driving east on 38 coming back from the Geneva area I see this large cloud of black smoke in the air, probably could see it 20 miles back. As I get closer I realize this isn’t a small little bonfire, this has to be something serious. Just east of 47 on 38 there was the source, it is behind Kaneville school, so I was wondering what it was, obviously they wouldn’t let me close to it, even though I could’ve got lots better pictures, I had to shoot from like a half mile away. It looked like a brick building from looking at it, so I was wondering if it was part of the school or what. I had to call and find out, and I talked to the Elburn police, and it was just a horse barn. Looking at the pictures on the computer afterwards, I realized it was just a tin building, a pole building. It was a rather large ‘horse barn’ though, not your normal garage.

Above you can see an overall picture of the barn, rather long, lots of firemen over there.

More flames and fire trucks.

A little closer view, you can see the flames shooting out the top.

In order to get water to this rural house they had to bring it by truck. One firefighter/helper said there were 12 fire trucks from the area moving water from the school fire hydrant to spray on this building.

These are a few of the trucks that whizzed by, off to get filled up with water.

I'm not sure how much is left, if anything, of this building, its pretty well burnt, and melted. The policeman at the station didn’t know of anything inside, as of anyone hurt or any horses hurt.

An even bigger picture is available here.

UPDATE 10/7/05:
It is not Elburn there, it is Kaneville, IL. So... Kaneville Horse Barn Fire.

I saw in the Northern Star a report that 32 horses died in the blaze, below are links to other articles.

Chicago Sun-Times Article

Beacon News Article

Update again 10/26/05


I am a Kaneville FF...Nice pics!!! I wasn't there, but well done!!!

Posted by: Rob at January 18, 2006 11:44 PM

Thanks for your comment! Yea I didn’t realize what a big deal it was when I was there, I was pretty far away, and really couldn’t see much of what was going on until I got back and saw the pictures I took. I bet it was devastating to your fellow fire fighters to see all that.

Posted by: Photo Phil at January 19, 2006 02:30 AM