Fire causes 'significant damage' to pony rescue stables

Photos courtesy of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue

Donations have been flooding in to help a Staffordshire animal rescue organisation, after it was devastated by fire.

Fire crews were called out to the blaze at Elverra Pony Rescue on Swynnerton Road at Sturrbridge at 8:31am this morning (12 August).

At its height six appliances were at the scene.

Firefighters split the area into sectors and used main jets and foam to tackle the fire, which took several hours to extinguish. 

The crews lead two dogs to safety, a Dalmatian and Springer Spaniel, and managed to stop the fire from spreading the land occupied by 11 ponies. 

Explosions could be heard around the area but this was as a result of pressurised containers which burst due to the heat of the fire. Smoke could also be seen from some distance. 

Fire Investigation Officer Paul Shaw said: “We found the fire was caused accidentally due to a faulty generator.

“The stables were well alight when the crews arrived and it would appear the blaze had been burning for some time. Fortunately the firefighters managed to prevent the fire spreading further towards the static caravan that the owners lived in. However the rest of the farm is totally destroyed. 

“Thankfully no one was injured during this incident and all the animals were lead to safety quickly.”

The team behind the charity have shared a post on Facebook saying that they are 'truly heartbroken', after they have lost all their stables, winter hay and bedding stores, feed, rugs and tack, power and drainage systems because of the fire.

In their office, equipment including computer and printer along with tables, tents and fundraising equipment has been destroyed.

They have launched an online appeal for help to fund the clean up and rebuilding work, so they can provide suitable care for their resident ponies throughout the winter.

More than £2,000 has already been raised.

They are also asking people to donate their time to help in the aftermath of the fire.

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