Dozens of horses perish in Forsyth County barn fire

Dozens of horses were killed in a fire that burned through a barn in unincorporated Forsyth County Sunday morning.

Smoke reported in the area of Old Preserve Trail prompted Forsyth County firefighters to investigate at around 6 a.m. That's when they learned there were animals trapped in a structure fire located at 9533 Old Preserve Trail.

Officials believe the fire had been going for quite some time before the first 911 call came in, due to how advanced it was when they arrived.

Unfortunately, 26 horses died, and the barn was deemed a total loss.

Firefighters were still working to determine what led to the fire. The investigation is expected to continue over the coming days as authorities speak to the property owner and the associated insurance companies.