A devastated Sheffield family say they have ‘lost everything’ after a suspected arson blaze destroyed their stables.
Darren Oldfield, aged 48, of Richmond Road, Richmond, and his wife Lisa, 46, keep horses and goats on a field on Waterslacks Road in Woodhouse.
A blaze wrecked the stables which Darren, a carpenter by trade, had built from scratch alongside his father who died a few years back.
Darren said: “We were out attending to the horses like we normally do and I went to the shop to get some hay and just as I was paying for it I got a phone call off Lisa.
“She was crying her eyes out, I couldn’t understand what she was saying then she said the stables were on fire.
“I rushed back to the car and raced back and saw the fire. I couldn’t believe it – I jumped over the fence and the police and fire crew told me to get back.”
Luckily, none of the animals came to any harm in the blaze, which completely gutted the stables.
Darren said: “We’ve lost everything, we’ve saved nothing. The only thing that works is the radio and everything else has been completely destroyed.
“The stables are a big part of our lives and we’re absolutely devastated by what has happened.”
The father of three is seeking materials and supplies and is appealing to anyone who can help.
“If anyone has anything they could spare, some materials, plywood, tin sheets, nails, spare horse tack, metal bins, horse rugs anything people can give or spare it would be really appreciated.
“The community have already started to help out and I’m really grateful to people who have come and lent me materials already.”
Darren said the goats now have a small temporary shelter but the horses are currently living outside.
An investigation is being carried out into the cause of the blaze.
n Anyone with information call South Yorkshire Police on 101. To help, contact Darren by email at email@example.com.