Pine Bluffs Post - Serving all of Eastern Laramie County since 1908

By Gary Collins
Pine Bluffs Post 

From tragedy to triumph


Gary Collins/Pine Bluffs Post

Burns resident Leslie Fennell poses outside in her new barn after the old barn was destroyed by fire on Jan. 26. Fennell has been in the alpaca business since March 2013.

Leslie Fennell of Burns got into the alpaca business almost four years ago this March. But never did she think that business could literally go up in smoke.

Fire erupted in Fennell's barn on the morning of January 26, taking the lives of Legacy Miss Lately, one of her alpacas and its newborn cria, Magalena.

Suffering injuries as a result of the fire was Fennell's rooster, rechristened Smokey Joe. He, along with Fennell, sustained smoke inhalation. In addition, Smokey Joe's comb was burned and scarred. Fennell, herself, suffered burns to her wrists during her attempt to save the mother and i...

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