FOUR youths have been arrested after fire destroyed a stable block.
The blaze caused more than £1,000 worth of damage at the Parkside allotments in Seaham.
Crews from the town’s fire station were called to the stables at 6pm on Sunday and spent three hours trying to bring the flames under control.
The building, used to store trailers and horse equipment, was destroyed by the blaze.
Crew manager Joe Barford said: “This was a particularly large stable block that contained a considerable amount of equipment, including trailers and a caravan.
“We took two engines up there and needed three hours to deal with the whole incident.”
Detective Sergeant Cliff Down, of Seaham police’s CID unit, said: “There was more than £1,000 damage to the allotment, and horse tack and other items inside were destroyed.
“A piece of machinery was stolen but found nearby by the allotment owner.
“Four youths have been arrested on suspicion of starting the fire.
“They have been helping police with inquiries.”