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    TORONTO (AP) - A fire that killed 34 horses at Woodbine
    Racetrack last August was arson, the Ontario Fire Marshal's office
    said Thursday.
    No one has been charged, and police were continuing their
    investigation.
    The fire raged through a barn that housed 120 horses at the
    racetrack in the early morning hours. Total damage was estimated at
    $3.2 million.
    Earl Barnett, who lost five of his 16 horses in the fire, called
    the arson ruling "a complete shock."
    "I was under the impression it was a cigarette cause or
    electrical, but deliberate arson - that's our worse-case scenario
    thinking," he said.
    Another horse owner, Steve Owens, said he always suspected arson
    because the fire started in a part of the barn that lacked video
    surveillance cameras. He lost 14 horses in the blaze.
    Bill Hiscott, acting supervisor at the fire marshal's office,
    recommended steps to improve fire safety at racetracks, including
    the installation of sprinklers in stables, and storing hay and
    other combustible material elsewhere.
    Hugh Mitchell, senior vice president of racing at Woodbine, said
    the racetrack has hired a fire safety officer and is installing
    sprinklers in barns while upgrading electrical wiring and taking
    other steps.

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