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1-alarm blaze destroys barn at Sagamore Farm Site was famous for breeding racehorses BALTIMORE COUNTY


GLYNDON -- A single-alarm fire last night destroyed a hay barn at Sagamore Farm in the 3500 block of Belmont Ave., formerly one of the country's most prestigious breeding farms for thoroughbred racehorses.

The Worthington Valley property -- formerly owned by Alfred Vanderbilt, and the burial site of his champion horse, Native Dancer -- is owned by a developer.

Horses are no longer raised or trained there.

Shortly after 8 p.m., fire broke out in a wooden 60-by-75-foot barn containing more than 100 circular bales of hay, said a spokeswoman for the Baltimore County Fire Department.

Within minutes, the barn burned to the ground.

No injuries were reported among the nearly 30 firefighters at the scene.

The firefighters -- from stations at Glyndon, Reisterstown, Butler, Boring, Chestnut Ridge and Arcadia -- could do little but pour water on what was left of the barn.

The spokeswoman said the barn did not contain any livestock or hazardous materials such as fuel or lubricating oils, machinery or vehicles and that no other building on the property was threatened by the flames.

A 66,000-gallon underground water storage tank on the property was used to supply firefighters with water since there are no fire hydrants nearby.

An estimate of damages was not available and the cause of the blaze remained under investigation.

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