Pregnant horse killed in Canaveral Groves barn fire

Homeowner says horse was due to give birth in 2 days

CANAVERAL GROVES, Fla. - State investigators are working to figure out what caused a fire that destroyed a house, barn, horse trailer and killed at least one horse.

Brevard County firefighters said they were called to the home on Calamondin Avenue in Canaveral Groves on Sunday after a report of an explosion.

When they got to the home, firefighters said they found the barn fully engulfed in flames, which quickly spread to a house nearby.

Officials said multiple fire agencies were called to help with the 2-alarm blaze.

The homeowner, Gina Cook, said she is missing a dog and cat, both presumed dead in the fire.

"I'm still in shock," said Cook. "I mean, everything is gone, but all the people made it. I'm still looking for a dog, looking for a cat."

Cook said her property is a horse-breeding facility and she has about 12 horses.

The horse that died because of the fire was due to give birth in two days, said Cook.

"When the fire started, they tried to get her out and the roof started coming down," said Cook. "She wouldn't budge. She wouldn't come out, so they (the neighbors) had to get out of there to save themselves."

Investigators said later there was no actual explosion, but witnesses said they did hear loud pops from the fire. They said smoke could be seen for miles.

"Sometimes, you can put something over their eyes and get them out of there, but when things are happening so fast, you just got to do what you have to do to save yourself," said Cook. "It's the circle of life.  Humans come first."

State investigators said the fire does not look suspicious, adding that it may have been accidental.

It is estimated there is upward of $500,000 in damage due to the fire.

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