A BLAZE destroyed a stable block causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.
Fire crews were called to the block at Parkside allotments in Seaham at 6pm on Sunday following reports of the fire.
The building, which housed trailers and horse equipment, was completely destroyed in the incident.
Firefighters spent three hours trying to bring the blaze under control.
The fire is now being treated as an arson inquiry and police are investigating.