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No foul play suspected in fire at R & J

No foul play is suspected in a fire that killed more than 40 horses and burned a large barn at R&J Horse Sales in Verndale on Dec. 21.

Wadena County Sheriff Michael D. Carr said this week that his office, along with the Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office, is sending some evidence items to an electrical engineer for analysis as the two agencies search for the cause of the fire. He said foul play is not part of the equation.

No dollar figure has yet been attached to the damage at R&J, Carr said, and he added it may be months before a number is finalized.

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