A BARN fire in Stanford Road, Orsett, saw over 40 separate calls to 999 to report it.
On arrival firefighters reported that the barm which measured around 20m x 10m, and was home to five horses, was completely alight.
Firefighters worked quickly to surround the fire and extinguished it by 8pm.
Sadly all five horses died at the scene.
A fire investigation has been carried out and the cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental or deliberate, both possibilities.