A devastating fire at the Tioga Downs Casino Resort in Nichols, New York, has resulted in the tragic death of more than 26 racehorses. The fire, which occurred on November 9, also left a man with severe second-degree burns as he attempted to rescue the animals.
Following the immediate response from the police, it is believed that the fire was no accident. The New York State Police have arrested 32-year-old Boyd Fenton from Pennsylvania on suspicion of intentionally setting the fire. Fenton has been charged with four felonies, including arson in the third degree, burglary in the third degree, criminal mischief in the second degree, and assault in the second degree. He was arraigned before a judge on the same day as the incident and has been remanded to the Tioga Country Correctional Facility.
As the investigation continues, the police are working to understand the motive behind the arson. Meanwhile, they have extended their condolences to those who lost their beloved animals in the tragic incident.
In response to the devastating loss, a crowdfunding campaign was launched to support the horsemen who lost their animals. The campaign, organized by Alexandra Skowyra, surpassed its $50,000 goal and has raised $72,158 as of the current time. The initiative aims to show solidarity and support for those affected by the barn fire.
Moreover, Elizabeth Allers started a change.org campaign to seek justice for the animals lost in the fire. Allers emphasized the need for Fenton to be charged with animal cruelty as per New York State legislation. The petition has garnered 172 signatures at the time of this writing, as members of the community seek to advocate for the voiceless victims of the tragic incident.