Daughter called this afternoon to say that the barn was on fire. She works and rides at a barn that houses horses and trains riders (an equestrian center)...she quickly said that they were getting all the horses out into the paddocks and she would be home late, but also that her car may have burned since it was parked near where the fire started.
Husband immediately set off in our car to help. I stayed behind with dogs, cats, and son (who was out with friends). I waited anxiously for the hour it takes to drive to the barn, then another half an hour until husband could call and give me an update...
Thankfully only the hay barn burned. No one was harmed! No human, no horse, no dog...thanks be to God!
Nothing was lost except the hay and the barn that stores it. (It seems the hay self-combusted from being wet and then getting very warm today, think of fertilizer and then heat it puts off)...
Husband on his way home. Daughter's car is fine, so she can drive home once all has settled down. Other cars are fine, all can get home. They are waiting for the Fire Marshall to give the all clear and confirm that the fire is completely out, then horses can go back into their barn and stalls (if they can catch 'em all in the paddocks and in the dark....).
Wow. What scare. I am so grateful that all are well and safe.