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Woman injured trying to save horses from Bladen County fire

Posted January 2, 2018 6:15 a.m. EST


— A woman is recovering from injuries after investigators say she saved several animals from a burning barn.

According to NBC affiliate WECT, crews got a call around 7:45 a.m. on Monday about a fire in a barn at 17777 NC 53 East in Kelly.

Bradley Kinlaw, Director of Bladen County Emergency Management, says the fire destroyed the barn and killed at least two horses inside. It also damaged a home and vehicle nearby.

Kinlaw says Dianne Tabor saved several animals from the burning barn before the flames became too intense.

Kinlaw did not know the severity of Tabor's injuries, only that crews took her to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with burn injuries. She lived in the nearby home with her husband Timothy.

Chief Kenneth Thornton of the Kelly Volunteer Fire Department says the sub-freezing temperatures and gusty winds made fighting the fire difficult.

It took approximately two hours for responding departments to put the fire out.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.