Two horses have died following a fire at a stables on Hall Lane in Upminster earlier this morning.
A single storey stable block was destroyed by the blaze.
One horse was led to safety by a member of staff before the arrival of the Fire Service. Two horses sadly died at the scene.
Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters from Harold Hill, Hornchurch, Romford and Dagenham fire stations were at the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.