Sussex

Hailsham horse death barn blaze accidental

Robin Post Lane Image copyright Google
Image caption The barn fire was in Robin Post Lane, Hailsham

A barn fire in Hailsham that killed three horses was accidental, Sussex Police have said.

Officers said the fire, in which equestrian equipment worth about £45,000 was also destroyed, was not being treated as suspicious.

Earlier the force had said the blaze in Robin Post Lane at 02:00 GMT was unexplained.

But a police spokesman later said fire investigators were satisfied it was started by accident.

The owners of the property were awoken by a young man who knocked on their front door and told them the stable block was on fire, officers said.

By the time firefighters arrived, the building was alight and the three horses were unable to be saved.

The horses that died were an Irish breed valued at £12,000, a Warmblood valued at £10,000 and a Kalamore valued at £10,000.

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