Three horses, 13 dogs perish in Perth East barn fire

Mapleton Fire Rescue among responding emergency agencies

PERTH EAST – Mapleton Fire Rescue was among four area fire departments responding to a barn/shed fire early on Wednesday that resulted in the death of three horses and 13 dogs and an estimated half-million dollars in damage.

Mapleton Fire Chief Rick Richardson said a call came into Guelph dispatch just after midnight on Oct. 5, when a passerby noticed the blaze at a property on Line 86 west of Dorking, an area bordering three municipalities.

Perth East OPP reported firefighters responded from Mapleton’s Drayton and Moorefield stations, as well as Perth East’s Milverton, Perth South’s Seberingville and Wellesley Township’s Linwood stations.

Police said no injuries were reported, however three horses and 13 dogs, including 11 puppies, were lost in the blaze, which has been deemed non-suspicious.

Video posted by Mapleton deputy fire chief Tom Wood shows firefighters battling the blaze early Wednesday morning.

The damage is estimated at around $500,000.

Richardson said the fire likely originated with a tractor parked in the building, which had been used to spread manure earlier in the day.

Firefighters poured water on a nearby coverall-type shed, which contained about 300 beef cattle, as well as a house located north of the burned shed, and saved both buildings from serious damage.

Mapleton firefighters had cleared the scene by around 4:30am, but Richardson said Milverton firefighters remained on the scene longer in case of flareups.