Firefighters battle a blaze early Monday morning at a Kent barn in the 12900 block of Southeast 203rd Place. COURTESY PHOTO, Puget Sound Fire

Firefighters battle a blaze early Monday morning at a Kent barn in the 12900 block of Southeast 203rd Place. COURTESY PHOTO, Puget Sound Fire

Seven horses die in Kent barn fire | Update: cause undetermined because of heavy damage

Monday morning blaze east of Kentridge High School

Seven horses died in a Kent barn fire early Monday morning near the 12900 block of Southeast 203rd Place, just east of Kentridge High School.

The fire was reported at 7:39 a.m., and firefighters could see a smoke column from a half-mile away, according to a Puget Sound Fire news release. When they got on scene, the firefighters from the Puget Sound and Renton regional fire authorities found the 40-x-40 barn to be fully engulfed in flames.

Because of the danger of collapse, firefighters worked “defensively,” meaning from the outside and not going into the heavily damaged structure. They also worked to protect another barn, which was approximately 50 feet away.

The property owner informed firefighters that the seven horses boarded in the barn were unable to get out.

A Puget Sound Fire investigator ruled that the cause of the fire will be undetermined because of too much damage to the structure.

Firefighters battle a blaze early Monday morning at a Kent barn in the 12900 block of Southeast 203rd Place. COURTESY PHOTO, Puget Sound Fire

Firefighters battle a blaze early Monday morning at a Kent barn in the 12900 block of Southeast 203rd Place. COURTESY PHOTO, Puget Sound Fire

A fire extinguisher inside the barn ruptured from the heat. COURTESY PHOTO, Puget Sound Fire

A fire extinguisher inside the barn ruptured from the heat. COURTESY PHOTO, Puget Sound Fire

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