Fire service investigators say a barn fire in which a horse died and several others had to be rescued was started deliberately.

Firefighters from Ramsey, Stanground, Whittlesey, Yaxley, Sawtry, Dogsthorpe and Huntingdon were called to a barn in Vesters Hill Drove, Ramsey, at about 9.15pm, on Thursday (February 9).

A spokesman for the service said: "Around 35 firefighters were called to the fire, about 40 metres by 20 metres, in barn buildings on a farm.

"Crews used five jets to extinguish the fire, working from a distance due to the severity of the fire.

"Firefighters rescued six dogs, five ponies and one horse from the fire. Sadly, one horse died in the fire."

The spokesman added that crews left the site shortly after midnight. Investigators returned to the scene on Friday and ruled that the fire was started by arsonists.

Anyone with information should contact Cambridgeshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.