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Trainer burned in Lilac Fire sues horse facility

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Posted at 11:51 PM, Mar 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-21 08:07:19-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A severely injured horse trainer and her husband filed a lawsuit against SLR Training Center INC., the company that owns the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center in Bonsall.

The nine-page complaint was filed March 18, and it focuses on the events of Dec. 7, 2017, when the Lilac Fire burned through the training facility. Martine Bellocq suffered burns to more than 60 percent of her body and lost a leg while trying to save racehorses, including her own.

The court documents allege negligence on the part of the training facility. It also claims the San Luis Rey Downs facility “failed to keep a defensible space around structures.” It goes on to say “there were no fire suppression systems in place” and it “failed to have the foresight to have a means to evacuate the facility, or an emergency plan in place.”

Bellocq’s attorney says her medical bills are racking up, currently in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The attorney says the lawsuit is to recoup economic damages, resulting from injuries and the impact on her life.

San Luis Rey Downs declined to give 10News a comment regarding the lawsuit.