Karara Rual Fire Service attended a blaze that engulfed a horse trailer west of Allora at the weekend. Six horses and all human passengers were unharmed in the fire.
Karara Rual Fire Service attended a blaze that engulfed a horse trailer west of Allora at the weekend. Six horses and all human passengers were unharmed in the fire. Contributed

'LUCKY TO SURVIVE': Six horses escape huge trailer blaze

SIX horses were "lucky to survive” a massive blaze that gutted a trailer on a road west of Allora, with one horse suffering only minor burns to its face.

When Karara rural firefighters Luke Clark, Jason Bosworth and Josh Wilson arrived at Ryeford Pratten Rd to find a horse float completely destroyed by flames, they were relieved to find the animals alive.

Passengers rushed to free the horses when they noticed flames erupting from the front of the float about 3.45pm on Sunday, Luke said.

But it was too late to save their large trailer, which looked like a charred skeleton when the firefighters arrived.

"It was a pretty shocking sight,” Luke said.

Karara Rual Fire Service attended a blaze that engulfed a horse trailer west of Allora at the weekend. Six horses and all human passengers were unharmed in the fire.
Karara Rual Fire Service attended a blaze that engulfed a horse trailer west of Allora at the weekend. Six horses and all human passengers were unharmed in the fire. Contributed

He said the passengers acted quickly to round up the horses that were scattered across the road.

They held them in a nearby paddock before a different horse float came to take them away.

Karara Rural Fire Service boss Ian Clark said the fire probably started in a hay bale carried near the front of the trailer.

He said it could have been a spark from the exhaust or constant heat that made the bale suddenly combust.

Karara Rual Fire Service attended a blaze that engulfed a horse trailer west of Allora at the weekend. Six horses and all human passengers were unharmed in the fire.
Karara Rual Fire Service attended a blaze that engulfed a horse trailer west of Allora at the weekend. Six horses and all human passengers were unharmed in the fire. Contributed

"It is not uncommon,” he said.

"I've never seen it happen but it can be just like a hot spark coming out of the exhaust or the bale slowly heats up and self-combusts because you have the wind blowing through it.”

For the three firefighters from Karara, the afternoon call-out was an end to a long weekend after returning from a bushfire at Girraween about 3.30am that day.

Ian commended his crew on their hard work.

"It was a good effort on their behalf, they are a good crew,” he said.

Karara Rual Fire Service attended a blaze that engulfed a horse trailer west of Allora at the weekend. Six horses and all human passengers were unharmed in the fire.
Karara Rual Fire Service attended a blaze that engulfed a horse trailer west of Allora at the weekend. Six horses and all human passengers were unharmed in the fire. Contributed


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