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23 thoroughbred horses were killed in a Kentucky barn fire

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A fire ripped through an equine center in Lexington, Kentucky, Sunday morning, killing 23 thoroughbred horses. 

One of the horses had recently won a $100,000 prize and was scheduled to race Monday, according to CNN. 

The owner, Eric Reed, told CNN he and two other people were able to save 13 of the 36 horses in the Mercury Equine Center. Most of the horses were yearlings, meaning they were between one and two years old. 

The Mercury Equine Center has three barns that house more than 100 horses.

I think we would have saved a lot more horses if they'd gotten there in a more timely manner.
Reed told CNN

The fire was reported around 1:15 a.m. and by the time firefighters arrived the barn had already collapsed, Reed told CNN. He said it took firefighters more than 30 minutes to arrive. 

It will cost Reed approximately $1 million to rebuild the barn and an additional $100,000 to $200,000 to replace equipment that was lost. However, Reed told CNN he couldn't place a value on the horses he lost. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Lexington Fire Department Battalion Chief Joe Best told CNN a lightning storm could be the cause. 

Reed's friends and family have set up a GoFundMe account to help raise money for the equipment lost in the fire.

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