An area man’s story is taking on national interest days after what is believed to be a hate crime arson fire destroys his barn killing eight horses.
Calls have been pouring into Whitehouse Insurance in McConnelsville in an outpouring of support for Brent Whitehosue who lost his show Quarter horses in a fire Sunday night. He’s received calls from national media, from supporters in Florida, California and Washington and was mentioned on the website for the Ellen DeGeneres show.
"I never dreamed it would go as big as it has," said Whitehouse. "I can’t believe it. I’m not saying it bothered me. The phone has been ringing non stop."
One horse farm owner in Arkansas even offered him two horses. Wednesday night friends, community members and several young people gathered to help bury his horses.
"To see a young generation that still has morals, has the respect and the help that was up there," Whitehouse. "That helped me go through it and make it through it."
The investigation into the fire continues and Whitehosue said an independent fire investigator will be brought in. Wednesday night he said they also found a flashlight which he believes wasn’t his and they turned it over to authorities as possible evidence.
"I have no remorse for them. None whatsoever. That’s cruel. They to me deserve the same thing as killing a person because those were my children," said Whitehouse.
Donations to Whitehouse can be made at www.paypal.com. Once you log on to paypal, payments can be made to this email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Whithouse said he’ll use most of the money to set up a foundation to help those that find themselves in similar situations.