Email reports are coming in saying that the Fairfax Hunt‘s kennels at Red Hill Farm, on Stone School Lane, outside Leesburg, here in Loudoun County, have been destroyed today by a sudden and disastrous fire of unknown origin.
Three staff horses and the hound puppies are said to have perished, but apparently many hounds were rescued through a hole cut in the fence.
The Fairfax Hunt meets at fixtures in eastern and western Loudoun County, Virginia, and its pack last year consisted of 31 couple of Crossbred Foxhounds.
What a horrible thing!
Update 3/11, 2:13 PM EDT:
Professional Huntsman Kevin Palmer is reported to have saved 90% of the pack. Some puppies were apparently among the hounds rescued.
Update 3/11, 5:13 PM EDT:
The fire started around 7:15 AM. Three horses, ten hounds, and six or seven puppies were killed.
Fox News attributes the source of the fire to an old refrigerator and has videos.