Sheep killed in trailer fire

March 6, 2009 2:11:47 PM PST
A fire broke out in a livestock trailer containing three breeding sheep at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's livestock check-in facility on Texas State Highway 288 at Reed Road. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The Houston Fire Department was called immediately. One ram was able to be rescued, and no human injuries were reported. The other two sheep were killed in the blaze. The exhibitor from Covington, Texas, was checking in for the Open Breeding Sheep Show scheduled for Saturday.

"We're grateful to the Houston Fire Department for their quick response, and thankful that no exhibitors were injured," said Joel Cowley, executive director of the Show's agricultural exhibits division.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Police think a passenger from a passing vehicle flicked a cigarette out a window, and the cigarette set hay inside the trailer on fire. Officials with the livestock show says they will help the family get the surviving ram back to Covington.

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