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Firefighters tackle thatched property fire

A vigilant neighbour raised the alarm when smoke was spotted coming from a thatched property in a Dorset village.

The fire broke out around 1.30pm this afternoon in Fontmell Magna.

Crews from Shaftesbury, Sturminster Newton and Blandford fire stations attended the blaze.

On arrival at the village, the responding crews reported that the roof was alight and requested 3 further fire appliances and these proceeded from Gillingham and Sherborne, with 2 further Wiltshire appliances from Mere and Warminster.

A water carrier also proceeded from Poole fire station.

Firefighters set to work extinguishing the blaze using main lines, hose reels and a compressed air foam line and have worked towards creating a fire break in the thatch.

In total 62 firefighters dealt with the blaze.

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Thatch fire breaks out in Dorset

The fire broke out in Fontmell Magna a short time ago Credit: Viewer picture

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Prime Minister says Britain can't afford not to upgrade road network

David Cameron being questioned at Stonehenge this afternoon Credit: ITV News West Country

The Prime Minister has insisted that Britain can afford the £15bn road improvements announced by the Coalition today which include plans to dual the A303 and take the road through a tunnel under Stonehenge.

Mr Cameron visited Stonehenge this afternoon where he said that Britain "can't afford not to do this"

The south west is an absolutely vital part of our country and this is going to delivering expressway effectively - dual carriageway all the way between the M3 and the M5. Its going to make a huge difference.Its going to make sure that economic growth we have will spread to every part of our country

– David Cameron, Prime Minister
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