The cause of the fire is still unknown.
The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating a structure fire at Trotter Farms in Seaford that occurred Monday morning around 7:20 a.m.
The fire involved a stable of about 3,900 square feet, located in the 10000 block of Airport Road. The Blades Volunteer Fire Company, assisted by Laurel, Seaford, Bridgeville and Greenwood Volunteer Fire Companies responded to the scene to find heavy fire showing on one end of the structure and farm staff on scene, rescuing horses.
One firefighter was transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital with minor burns to his feet and five horses perished during the rescue efforts.
According to the United States Trotting Association, the animals were racehorses owned by Mike and Brittany Bounds.
"They were 8-year-old pacing gelding In Front Charlie ($158,523), 2-year-old pacing filly My Lil Tater Tot, 2-year-old pacing filly Gangster Granny, 3-year-old pacing filly Standtuecemewin and 2-year-old pacing colt Ezekiel Kandu."
The USTA also reported that seven horses were rescued from the building.
The Fire Marshal’s office has not yet determined the origin and cause of the fire and continues to investigate. Damages are estimated at $750,000.