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Horses saved by firefighters

Around a dozen horses were saved at a New Forest stables after an adjoining building caught fire yesterday.

Firefighters were called to a farmhouse in Hill Top at around 4.30pm and discovered the roof alight.

The building was surrounded by stables containing the horses, two of which were led to safety by an animal rescue specialist.

The others were able to remain in their stables but were also looked after by firefighters.

The occupants of the farmhouse were able to escape after their smoke alarm alerted them to the fire.

Around half the roof was destroyed and a third of the lounge was also damaged. The fire is believed to have originated from a log burner in the house.

The buildings were arranged in such a formation that we had to contain the fire quickly to prevent it spreading to the stables and barn.

"The crews worked very hard in a short space of time to strip the roof tiles to allow us to attack the fire from above. Firefighters also entered through the loft hatch to attack from below and surround the fire.

"The owners of the horses were certainly extremely grateful to see us contain the fire so quickly and stop it spreading to the stables."

– Station Manager Rob Cole

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