Hot Springs, AR Horse Track Fire, Mar 1947


Hot Springs, Ark. -- (AP) -- A groom burned to death and approximately 12 thoroughbreds perished in a fire which destroyed two stables early today at the Oak Lawn race track.
The groom was tentatively identified by Police Sergeant West as JUNIOR KINDELL, about 21. The body was found near the end of one of the stables where the blaze was believed to have started.
Oak Lawn is in the midst of its annual 30-day racing season and approximately 700 horses were led to safety. Others broke loose. Several wandered into the downtown section of Hot Springs.
The two destroyed barns were in the center of the stable area. Two other barns were damaged.
Among the horses stabled in the destroyed barns were those from the George McFarland stables in Ohio. McFarland's groom, Estell Burgess, said the horses missing from that stable included PARCHIPLE, SLY MANNER, JACK MORLEY and NOGALES.
INCO BITT of the Jay Vee stables, owned by J. V. Lunsford of Dallas, was among those believed destroyed.
The origin of the fire, which started about 1 a.m. was not known. The flames were brought under control by Hot Springs firemen two hours after the start.
The Oak Lawn season began Feb. 24.

Zanesville Signal Ohio 1947-03-01