TWO neighbours have spoken of the moment they rescued a horse from a barn blaze in Northwood Hills.
Paul Manning and Dean Huggett hauled the animal out of a stable next door to the barn at Joel Street Stables, Joel Street, on Tuesday night last week.
The huge fire, which reignited two days later, is being investigated by police.
Mr Huggett, who lives in Wyevale Close, opposite the stables, told how he heard how he heard noises before discovering the blaze.
“We heard crackling and banging and when we looked we could see the barn was alight,” he said. “The sky was orange.”
The 43-year-old went to investigate with his next-door neighbour, Mr Manning, 49, and they quickly discovered a horse was trapped in the adjoining building.
They had to break their way in and remove some concrete slabs before they could get to the animal, which was about 10 feet away from the flames.
Lorry driver Mr Hugget said: “It wouldn’t move and we had to pull it out.
“I’m an animal lover and we couldn’t leave it in there, we couldn’t let it burn.”
Mr Manning, 49, a warehouse yard supervisor, said: “We had to keep an eye on the roof to check it wasn’t going to collapse.
“It was scary, but we just did it. We couldn’t leave the horse. It was pretty traumatised.”
Afterwards the pair were treated in an ambulance for smoke inhalation.
Firefighters spent more than a day at the scene of the fire, removing 100 tonnes of hay and straw which were inside the barn and hosing down the smouldering remains.
The second fire, on Friday evening, is thought to have started among the remaining hay and debris outside. The cause is not known and it was quickly put out.