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Some suspect arson in horse barn fire

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TUSCALOOSA - AL -

     A barn fire that killed four horses in South Tuscaloosa County on Christmas Day may be the work of Arson.  Sources tell ABC 33/40 that investigators including the State Fire Marshall are looking into the possibility that the blaze may have been intentionally set.

    The owners of the horses, Bob and Cathy Wood have rented the barn on Jug Factory Road to keep their beloved horses in for more than 10 years.  "We loved them and when God's creation loves you back its blessing.  We're really grieving over these horses," said a tearful Bob Wood as he walked through the burned out barn.

    ABC 33/40 is told a passerby notice flames coming from the barn Sunday (Christmas) around 3pm.  He was able to pull two of the Wood's horses away from the flames but a Tennessee Walking horses, a ferejian, an Arabian and a mini (young) horse that was the life of Wood's grandson and wife.  "Three of the horses were used in therapy.  She had camps over here," Wood said.

     A son of the property owner, John Parker tells ABC 33/40 that surveillance cameras may have picked up video of someone canvassing the area shortly before the fire began but its not clear.

   Duncanville Volunteer and Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue worked the fire but it was fully involved when they arrived.  The Wood family says the only electrical things running in the barn were a lamp and refrigerator.

   Mr. Wood says he's disturbed at the suspicion someone may have set the fire but says whatever happened can't bring their lovely horses back.  "Its under investigation.  We may never know.  We gave them a good home here that's why they were in a barn on a cold rainy day like Christmas."