LLAMAS, horses and geese were among the animals led to safety by firefighters as a blaze tore through their stables near Shedfield.

The fire, near Pricketts Hill, completely destroyed the stables and spread to a nearby caravan and horse box in the early hours of this morning.

Three pumps from Wickham, Fareham and Botley were called and around 15 firefighters battled the blaze for nearly two hours.

An animal rescue adviser was called to the scene and helped to lead two horses inside the stables to safety. Llamas, chicken and geese were also led to safety.

The owner of the stables, who lives in a log cabin next door, was evacuated. Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to his home.

A spokesperson for Fareham fire station said: “It was a good stop and the crews worked really hard under hot conditions, although we couldn’t save the stables we managed to protect the resident’s log cabin.”

Crews extinguished the fire using two main jets, hosereels, a water carrier and hydrant.

The fire started at 12.10am this morning and the stop call was at 1.49am.

A nearby property is Shedfield Equestrian where staff have today been inundated with calls from people who use the business and have been worried it may have been affected.

Manager Philippa Lester told the Chronicle: "The phone has not stopped ringing from people concerned our horses may have been affected. We were totally unaffected by the fire and we want to make sure that people are reassured that we are all fine, our horses are fine and it is business as usual."