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FIREFIGHTERS in Stockport brought a smile to the face of a little girl who was left devastated when the family pony was killed in a stable fire.
Reuben died following the blaze that also destroyed a number of stables at a farm in Winnington Road, Marple, at around 1.25am on Tuesday, July 14.
The pony was owned by Asa Howard, aged 24, and regularly ridden by his six-year-old sister Emily who was heartbroken when she discovered Reuben had passed away. She had been saving up to by the pony a new saddle.
Three crew from Marple, Offerton and Stockport fire stations were called to tackle the fire, which also involved gas cylinders, after a number of calls were made to the control room.
Firefighters used jets and hose reels to bring the fire under control and were on the scene for almost three hours but despite their best efforts, the stables were completely destroyed by the blaze.
A number of other horses that were in the field at the time were unharmed but sadly Reuben was killed. The fire was thought to have been started deliberately.
The Marple firefighters who attended the fire were so upset for Emily that they decided to try and organise a trip out for her and her family to cheer her up.
Manchester Sea Life at intu Trafford Centre was kind enough to donate tickets and on Thursday, September 10, the youngster and her brother visited the station to collect the tickets and meet the firefighters who worked so hard to fight the fire.
Emily was given a tour of the station and fire engine and shown how to squirt water from the hose reel.
Watch Manager Simon Dowling said: “Here in Marple we are a very close knit community and the fire station is at the heart of that community so after we attended the incident we wanted to do something to help little Emily who was so upset by the loss of her beloved pony.
“Our Crew Manager Stuart Mills had an idea to do something, so we just got our heads together and asked Sea Life for help.
“It was nice to meet Emily and her brother Asa and see that they are both doing okay despite their loss.
“We’d like to thank Manchester Sea Life for donating the tickets and hope that the trip will help to cheer Emily up.”
Asa said: “Emily is so grateful for the gift and the support that has been given at the saddest of times.
“There has been lots of support from the local community as well as the horse community and the family are very thankful.”