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Rebuilding Jamul horse rescue that burned in the Valley Fire

Posted at 5:45 PM, Sep 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-27 20:49:54-04

JAMUL, Calif. (KGTV) - Years of work vanished in just moments when the Valley Fire ripped through Jamul, destroying multiple barns and buildings at Hyslop Horse Haven.

Patty Hyslop tried to save as many horses as she could when the fire approached the horse rescue but didn’t have time to evacuate all of them. When she returned later, miraculously, the horses left behind survived. The fire line clearly up against their corral.

“I still think about oh my God those sheds that were right next to them that burned right next to them. They must’ve exploded. I still think God sent horse angels and put a big bubble over them,” said Hyslop.

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Three weeks after the fire started and the flames are out now, but there are months of rebuilding work ahead for Hyslop. The estimates losing about $300,000 of horse supplies that burned. She has multiple sclerosis and it’s hard to get around, but she says in the weeks following the fire her community has stepped up to help her.

“My heart is so grateful to all these people, I don’t even have the words to tell them how much I love them and how wonderful they are and that we couldn’t do this without all the community coming to help,” Hyslop said.

A GoFundMe set up will continue to help pay for items for the horses and replacing the lost buildings.