Update: Farm owner burned while trying to save horses from barn fire

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A Minnesota farm owner suffered severe burns while trying to save horses from a barn fire Monday, according to the farm's Facebook page.

Three horses were killed in the blaze, which started Monday afternoon at Grace Farms – a boarding and training facility for dressage horses in St. Michael. The main barn and old arena were destroyed by fire, the Facebook page says.

In an update Tuesday afternoon, the Department of Public Safety said early indications are the fire was started accidentally due to "careless use of matches."

Chris Leatherdale, 49, who owns the farm with his wife, suffered third-degree burns over 40 percent of his body while trying to save other animals, a GoFundMe Page set up for the family says.


The Star Tribune reports Leatherdale was listed in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center on Tuesday.

Several horses did survive the fire, a client at Grace Farms told the paper.


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