Andy MattisonAug 24, 2017, 1:12 pm

Crews demolish remaining structure after fire wrecks historic barns in Goshen

‘This is a significant loss for them and for all horsemen really,’ says Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame director

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Crews are cleaning up damage in Goshen after two historic horse barns were destroyed in a fire.

"This is a significant loss for them and for all horsemen really. This is hard," says Janet Terhune, Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame director.

Thursday morning crews are cleaning up what's left from the barn fire at Goshen Historic Track.

The track was not damaged in the fire but two barns were wrecked when the flames started in one barn and quickly spread to the other.

Crews demolished the two barns that were destroyed by the fire on Wednesday. And the horses that were taken out of the barn are being kept in a barn on the other side of the track.

Terhune says, "Everybody rallied out of Delancey's. Tim Masters was over there and he just said, 'we got a fire, we gotta move horses' and he took everybody out of the restaurant and they just made a chain of horses being led over to the parkway barn."

The jockeys trained as people surveyed the damage from the fire. It’s a fire that could've been a lot worse.

"The level of destruction and devastation here is remarkable,” says Terhune. “But it could have been absolutely horrific had it happened even three hours later."

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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