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Horses, barn lost in fire

ELLSWORTH – A fire on Saturday night resulted in the loss of a barn and several horses in McLean County.

Emergency crews were dispatched to the location near Ellsworth late Saturday night for the fire at a barn with horse stables on the side. Firefighters worked at the scene for several hours and battled cold temperatures.

A post online from the Illinois Paint Horse Association via Facebook said a longtime IPHA member lost her barn in the fire and 10 horses perished while four survived and were in veterinary care.

Anyone wishing to donate money can send a check made out to IPHA and forward it to IPHA in care of Jerry Wyrick, 12336 N. 2850 East Road, Ellsworth, IL 61737. Funds can also be sent through PayPal to


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