Twelve horses have been killed following a stable fire at a Lancefield-Kilmore Road property in Forbes, near Kilmore, overnight.
Police have been told the resident of the property heard what sounded like popping noises around 12.30am before they went outside to investigate.
The resident found the horse stables, adjacent to the family home, engulfed in flames and raised the alarm.
A number of horses were able to be retrieved from the burning stables but sadly it is believed 12 died in the blaze.
At this stage, there’s nothing to suggest the fire is suspicious, however, police have set up a crime scene and a fire investigator will attend the scene today.