When three residents of West Marlborough Township smelled smoke early Tuesday morning, they sprang into action. Lillian Heard, Ryan "Woodsy" Wood, and Caitlyn Silliman, who lived in an apartment attached to a barn at True Prospect Farm, raced into the flames to try and save eleven Olympic-class showhorses. Although they were able to evacuate five, all of whom are receiving treatment at New Bolton Center, six horses perished, and the three residents lost all of their belongings.
Tonight, the Whip Tavern willl donate 50% of its sales and will also collect in-kind donations. In addition, a relief fund has been set up for all of the victims of the fire: http://www.boydandsilvamartin.com/Pages/boyd/ReliefFund.html, and groups such as the Cheshire Hunt Conservancy are pledging assistance.
Aubrey Whelan covers Chester County for the Inquirer. A native of a Philadelphia suburb so small it doesn't have a zip code, she grew up reading the Inquirer and was thrilled to take a job there in fall 2012. Previously, she covered crime, courts and D.C.'s Occupy movement for the Washington Examiner. Aubrey graduated from Penn State in 2011, where she worked for the award-winning campus newspaper and majored in journalism and French. Contact her at 215-495-5855 or email@example.com. You can also follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/aubreyjwhelan.