Horse Killed in Barn Fire in Jefferson County Wednesday

MT. VERNON – A horse was killed Wednesday in Jefferson County when a fire destroyed a large pole barn and all of its contents.

According to Jefferson Rural Fire Protection, when firefighters arrived at the Phillip Morton property – in the 17000 block of Knox Road northeast of Mt. Vernon – a 50 by 100 foot pole barn was fully engulfed in flames.

A passerby noticed the fire just after 2 p.m. Wednesday and called 911.

The residents were not at home at the time of the fire. In addition to the loss of the horse, a pickup truck, tractor, hay and other machinery were destroyed.

The cause of the fire has not been determined. Bluford firefighters were called for mutual aid assistance to bring additional water to the scene. Firefighters remained on the scene for about two hours.