FIRE crews were stoned by gangs of youths last night.
They came under attack as they tried to put out a blaze at the Longley Riding Stables.
The stables were shut down at the weekend after repeated vandals attacks and problems from gangs of yobs.
When firefighters arrived at the stables at 8.45pm last night they had stones thrown at them by youngsters on the roof of a stable block.
The alarm was raised when residents living nearby saw smoke coming from a single-storey barn at the back of the riding school premises.
Two fire crews from Huddersfield were called to the scene and were able to put out the blaze before the building itself was destroyed.
The brigade had requested police help but officers were busy dealing with two other incidents - one a hostage situation in the town centre.
A brigade spokesman said: "There were quite a number of youths on the roof of one of the buildings and they threw stones at the crews and the fire engines.
"We believe the youths had started the fire in piles of straw.
"It is a very dangerous practice to start fires in such buildings and play at the scene."
Police confirmed they are investigating the attack.