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US Trainer Sues Vending Company Over Fatal Fire

Thursday, 24th July 2008

Thursday Odd Spot: US trainer John Hancock claims in a lawsuit against Royal Crown Bottling Corporation that "an incorrectly installed vending machine caused a barn fire that killed 6 horses" at Riverside Downs in Kentucky on January 4. Hancock claims the machine (installed in 2007) was "plugged-in using an extension cord, despite the manufacturer's directions not to use one" & the cord "overheated, resulting in the fire" which "soon engulfed the entire barn structure, causing extensive property damage, including the death of 6 racehorses & permanent injury to another racehorse." Rescuers were able to save 19 horses from the blaze, which burned for more than 2 hours.

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