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.
RT @dorsetpolice: Motorists are advised to avoid the A350 - road closures in Fontmell Magna are expected to be in place for some time.
Firefighters have requested a further two fire engines at incident in Fontmell Magna - approx 50 firefighters in attendance.
The former leader of Dorset County Council is due before magistrates later.
Councillor Spencer Flower has been charged with failing to declare an interest in a property company.
He's facing three charges relating to his work as a councillor at both the County Council and East Dorset District Council.
The Prime Minister David Cameron visited Stonehenge this afternoon to talk about the Government's plans to spend £15bn on upgrading the country's road network. It includes making the A303 and A30 dual carriageways. He spoke to our Political Correspondent Bob Constantine.
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