35 show horses killed in Georgia farm blaze

One of the buildings destroyed by the blaze that killed 35 horses.

ROSSVILLE, Ga. Several dozen horses died in a fire on Thursday in Walker County, northwest Georgia, reports CBS Atlanta.

According to Glenn Allen, a spokesman for Georgia's fire marshal, the fire was reported around 8:30 p.m. at Happy Valley Farms in Rossville, just south of the Georgia-Tennessee line.

State fire officials say 35 horses were killed when a fire swept through their stables and another building.

At the height of the blaze, about 50 firefighters were on the scene.

No people were hurt in the blaze, but Allen says early estimate of damage is $5 million to $6 million, because of the value of the horses that perished.

Allen described them as show horses, and said that some were valued as high as $250,000.

Allen said three buildings; two stables and a storage facility; were destroyed in the blaze.

The cause was still under investigation late Friday morning.