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Famous Horse Barn Burns

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 27, 2019 6:33 PM CDT
Spectators catch a first glimpse of the Chincoteague Ponies on shore during the 92nd annual Chincoteague Pony Swim in Chincoteague, Virginia, in 2017.   (Allison Hess/The Virginian-Pilot via AP, File)

(Newser) – Flames have destroyed a famous horse barn on Chincoteague Island in Virginia. News outlets report firefighters were called Tuesday night to the Misty barn at the Beebe Ranch, per AP. Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company spokeswoman Denise Bowden says flames were shooting 30 feet into the air when firefighters arrived.

Four horses, a goat and a cat made it out of the barn safely. No injuries were reported. Officials say the barn is a total loss. The barn was once home to Misty, a pony immortalized in Marguerite Henry's 1947 novel, Misty of Chincoteague. Bowden says some of the horses that survived the fire are Misty's descendants. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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