Lafayette firefighters battled a blaze at a large barn in the 100 block of Venice Road for almost an hour yesterday with the help of multiple tanker trucks from surrounding communities.

Fire Department Spokesman Alton Trahan says 12 of 13 horses that were in the barn died from the fire while one horse is alive but did sustains burns.

The barn was totally destroyed by the fire.

The investigation into what happened and how the fire started is ongoing.