In the early hours of the morning on Saturday, Jan. 21, Art and Betty Hahn’s life’s work was engulfed in flames. Around 1:40 a.m., a neighbor alerted the Hahns that the large stable at their Heritage Acres in Lafayette, N.J. was ablaze. The fast-moving barn fire destroyed the structure and killed all of the 22 horses inside before firefighters were able to stop the blaze.
Heritage Acres was home to a mix of show horses from various disciplines, but boarded a handful of rescued equines and companion horses as well. Four horses that were kept in another barn on the property were not harmed by the fire.
The Hahns and both in their 70s and had run the stable for 46 years. With the loss of the facility, they plan to sell the property and retire rather than try to rebuild.