Firefighters say the site of a major fire on an industrial estate is now secure.

Crews were called to Dreadnought Trading Estate, Bridport, shortly after 4am yesterday. Initially, crews from the town responded to the incident but they quickly requested support. 

Fifteen fire engines and support vehicles, along with 75 firefighters, rushed to the estate to help battle the blaze, which has destroyed one unit and severely damaged another. 

Residents were being advised to keep windows and doors closed as smoke spreads across the area.

Fire crews from both Dorset & Wiltshire FRS and colleagues from Devon and Somerset FRS used breathing apparatus and main lines to extinguish the fire.

Two specialist water carriers were also requested.

A spokesman for Bridport Fire Station said later in the day: "Earlier this afternoon Bridport crews carried out the final inspection at this mornings incident on the Dreadnought trading estate and the site has now been made secure.

"On behalf of all the crews that attended we’d like to say thank you for the kind words given by the property owners, occupiers and the public for DWFireRescue’s and Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service’s efforts at this incident."

Area manager Seth Why, who attended the incident, said at the time: “Firefighters are working hard to reduce the fire spread and making good progress.

"We are working with on-site representatives and colleagues from Dorset Police to manage the site and surrounding roads.

"The large smoke plume in the area has subsided but we still advise local residents to keep windows and doors closed."

At about midday, the response was scaled back to four fire engines. 

Magdalen Lane was closed all morning both ways from B3162 West Allington to Alexandra Road due to the fire. It reopened at about 12.40pm.