Twelve fire engines were needed to tackle a large fire at Bridport

Firefighters were called at 6.05pm yesterday (7) to a report of smoke coming from a unit in St Michael's Trading Estate. 

On arrival, a spokesman for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue (DWFRS) said it was clear the fire was 'significant'. 

The fire is believed to have begun on the third floor of the property. 

Fire crews from Bridport, Beaminster, Yeovil, Lyme Regis, Axminster, Maiden Newton, Dorchester, Seaton, Weymouth, Honiton and Westbourne all attended the fire. 

A number of officers also attended. 

"Crews worked extremely hard in the hot conditions to avoid fire spread to neighbouring properties, at its height 12 appliances and two aerial ladder platforms were used," the spokesman said. 

Firefighters worked through the night, damping down hot spots to ensure the fire did not reignite.

They remain at the scene this morning to continue an inspection and make the area safe.

Some properties in the area are without power as a result of the fire but work is being done to get them reconnected.

People were also advised to avoid the area and keep all windows and doors closed.