Four horses saved in the third stable fire in as many weeks

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FOUR horses have been saved from a fire in East Boldon as a building was destroyed in a suspected arson attack.

The blaze started in a storage building opposite stables in Station Approach and the alarm was raised at 4.35am.

Crew manager Adi Sargent from South Shields fire station said that the fire is believed to have been started maliciously.

“The building was a hundred per cent burnt down,” he said. “We don’t know what the cause is yet, but it is thought to be malicious.

“We have lost a building, but the main thing is we saved the horses. If we had been five minutes later, the stable would have gone up as well.

Two crews from South Shields and Fulwell battled the blaze using hose reels and water from a nearby hydrant . They also used forks to pull apart haybales to ensure the fire was completely out.

Another pump was later turned out to help dampen down the aftermath, and it is still on the scene.

Crew manager Sargent said: “I would urge people in the area to be on their guard for people walking about in the early hours of the morning. It is thought to be malicious but I am unable to prove that at the moment.”

Two crews from South Shields and Fulwell battled the blaze using hose reels and water from a nearby hydrant . They also used forks to pull apart hay bales to ensure the fire was completely out.

Another pump was later turned out to help dampen down the aftermath, and is still on the scene.

The incident comes three weeks after five horses were killed after stables at Cox Green, Penshaw, were set alight by suspected arsonists.

Another stable fire broke out in Fencehouses the same week, although no horses were killed in that incident.