Dorset

Furniture lorry fire shuts A31 road at Wimborne

Truck fire in Wimborne
Image caption The lorry was carrying furniture when it caught fire, the fire service said

One of Dorset's busiest roads was closed while emergency crews tackled a lorry fire.

The 40-foot vehicle, carrying furniture, caught fire at about 10:15 GMT, blocking the A31 in both directions at Wimborne Minster.

The road was shut between Lake Gates roundabout and Corfe Mullen junction.

Dorset Fire and Rescue said up 20 firefighters tackled the blaze, thought to have started due to an electrical fault in the cab or engine compartment.

Most of the lorry and its contents were destroyed but nobody was hurt.

Crews were summoned from Wimborne, Ferndown and Poole and motorists were told to avoid the area.