Kitchener-Waterloo

Report into Classy Lane Stables fire expected soon

Puslinch fire officials are anticipating the Ontario Fire Marshal will give them a report about the January fire at Classy Lane Stables in the coming days.

Puslinch fire officials hope to have report from the Ontario Fire Marshal in the coming days

An aerial shot of the aftermath of the barn fire at Classy Lane Stables taken from a drone. (David Ritchie/CBC)

Local officials are hoping to be able to explain what caused the fire at Classy Lane Stables earlier this year, killing more than 40 racehorses.

Jason Benn, a fire prevention officer with the Puslinch Fire and Rescue Service, said they are anticipating a report from the Office of the Fire Marshal any day.

"We were told we should have it at the end of March, beginning of April," Benn said in an interview with CBC News. "We'll have it, hopefully, next week."

Cindy Acton took care of five horses that died in the fire, including million-dollar racehorse Apprentice Hanover. (Melanie Ferrier/CBC)

Once fire officials in Puslinch receive that report, which the Fire Marshal does not make public, then Benn said they will hold a press conference.

Owners rebuilding

The fire overnight between Jan. 4 and 5 caused millions in damage to Barn 1 and the training facility, killing 43 horses inside.

Jamie and Barb Millier, the owners of Classy Lane Stables, are rebuilding after the devastating fire. The new barn stands on the eastern edge of Classy Lane's 135 acre farm, right next to the facility's seven-eighths mile track. It is set to open in May.

A temporary memorial has been set up along the driveway, to honour the horses that died in the fire. (Melanie Ferrier/CBC)

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