Donkeys saved from suspected arson attack on stables

Two donkeys were saved from a fire at a stable block in North Yorkshire last weekend.

The donkeys were rescued by firefighters after a suspected arson attack at the stables off Seamer Road in Scarborough.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed it received a call at 4.10am on Saturday 18 July.

A stable block and a horse trailer were set alight in the incident.

“The donkey shed was on fire, but no animals were hurt,” said a spokesman for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

“There was 75% fire damage to the stable block and 90% fire damage to the trailer.”

Two-year-old donkey Prince was tethered in a stable.

Owner Rachael Phillips, who runs donkey rides on the beach in the South Bay, told Scarborough Evening news: “Luckily Prince is unharmed. He was tied up and couldn’t have escaped if the fire had got close to him.”

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