Twelve horses have sadly died following a fire at a livery yard in Burnham. Fire crews rushed to the scene in Maldon Road just before midnight.
Passers-by spotted the fire in the large stable building and immediately called 999. They did everything they could to save some horses from the building, however despite their best efforts, a number of horses died at the scene.
Station Manager Craig McLellan, said:
“When firefighters arrived they found the fire was already well developed. The whole building was alight and the roof had collapsed.
“Firefighters worked hard to tackle the fire and stop it from spreading to any other building. However, despite the best efforts of passers-by who managed to save a number of horses from the building, some horses have tragically died at the scene.”
Firefighters worked throughout the night to extinguish the fire.
*Update 8am* Firefighters are still at the scene dampening down and checking for hot spots.
*Update 11am* The cause of the fire is still unknown at this stage. The investigation is underway to find out how the fire started.