Fire damages carriages at stable in Old Town

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CHICAGO -- A fire in Old Town left a number of horse carriages destroyed, and now investigators are looking at graffiti on the scene for more details.

The historic site was built in 1871 after the Great Chicago Fire, and stabled as many as 60 coach and riding horses as well as hansom cabs in its heyday.

During the 1980s and 1990s, the facility was used as a riding academy but it fell into disrepair.   A massive renovation took place in 2000 and it was returned to its 1922 era riding and performance hall.

There's no word yet on how Friday's fire started but police say it doesn't appear to be suspicious.

However, owners of the carriages believe it was intentional.

No horses were injured in the fire, but nearly 13 custom-made carriages were damaged or destroyed.

The stables had a similar fire in 2012.  Police say the investigation into that fire is ongoing.

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