This photo shows the remains of a barn fire that occurred Aug. 10 at a property on Harris Road. (Submitted photo)

Fire in barn that housed therapy horses has been confirmed an arson

Abbotsford Police Department is now investigating and seeks witnesses

Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service has confirmed that a fire in a barn that housed therapy horses was deliberately set on Aug. 10.

Investigators with the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) are now asking for video and additional witnesses in relation to the blaze that broke out just after midnight in the 31000 block of Harris Road.

The barn was the home of Shamrock Counselling and the non-profit Sundance Solace Society, which uses horses to help people as young as three years old with emotional and mental health.

The building, erected in 1968, was located on the property of the parents of Cristina Rennie, who runs the two services.

Her parents were asleep at the time of the fire, but neighbours woke them in time to save the horses and move them to safety. There were no injuries.

A GoFundMe campaign has been started to help the rebuild the barn and replace all the equipment lost in the blaze.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact the APD major crime unit at 604-859-5225 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Just Posted

Langley woman’s caregivers pen unflinching book about her struggles

The authors and the woman they care for will be at an Abbotsford book signing on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Langley seniors make a sweet surprise for Valentine’s Day

Handmade paper baskets will be given to Meals On Wheels clients.

Garry Handlen’s ‘Mr. Big’ confession could have been fabricated, judge says

Details revealed of why evidence of Abbotsford girl’s 1975 murder was found inadmissible

Sources Langley food bank struggles to find new home

Sources Langley food bank has to be out of its current location by early spring.

Lawyers spar in sentencing over $6 million Langley fraud

The second man to plead guilty in the Aggressive Roadbuilders case was in court on Thursday.

Fashion Fridays: Up your beauty game

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Police track armed kidnapping across Thompson-Okanagan

RCMP allege it was a targeted crime believed to be linked to the drug trade

St. Paul’s Hospital replacement slated to open in Vancouver in 2026

Announced many times, but this time there’s money, Adrian Dix says

Fourteen ‘dream’ homes ordered evacuated as sinkholes open in Sechelt

Sinkholes throughout the subdivision have prompted the District of Sechelt to issue evacuation orders

Police investigating after 14-year-old boy pepper sprayed at Surrey mall

Surrey RCMP say two males fled the scene before officers arrived on scene at Guildford Town Centre

Third measles case in Vancouver prompts letter to parents

Measles is highly contagious and spreads easily through the air

Abbotsford’s Matsqui prison beefing up security against contraband

Correctional service says officials found a number of unauthorized items during ‘exceptional search’

January home sales were weakest since 2015, average national price falls: CREA

CREA says the national average price for all types of residential properties sold in January was $455,000

B.C. man known as ‘Papa Jimmy’ dies making daily trek to his wife

Maple Ridge 85-year-old made visits to New West for 12 years

Most Read