The owner of Meissner's Auction Service, an auction house well-known to locals, passed away trying to rescue horses from a barn fire at his home in West Sand Lake, N.Y.
After a fire broke out on Thursday evening, Keith Meissner, Sr., 60, rushed into the burning barn to save his four horses, according to the Times Union. Authorities believe Meissner became trapped inside with the horses, who also perished in the blaze.
Meissner, along with his wife Delores, had run the family-owned business for nearly 25 years in New Lebanon, holding auctions every Saturday night and an antique shop/flea market open seven days a week.
Due to the widespread damage, authorities have not yet determined the cause of the fire and county arson investigators were on the scene into Friday morning.
Read more at the Times Union
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