A stable fire which killed a number of horses in Burnham is being treated as suspicious by police.
The incident happened at around 11.30pm on Sunday, December 3 in a large stable building on Maldon Road, with firefighters working through the night to extinguish the fire.
Passers-by, after spotting the fire, called 999 and tried to save some of the horses.
Sadly, despite their best efforts, a number of them died at the scene.
Seven crews were called to the blaze, with some firefighters remaining at the scene until 8am today (December 4) to dampen down the area and check for hot spots.
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..." READ MORE
*** Chelmsford City Racecourse has announced on their Facebook page that they would be accepting any donations of any equestrian equipment that could help following the fire. It said: "Please deliver your donation by the end of the week to the Racecourse offices via Moulsham Hall Lane." ***