Dorset village hall cordoned off after gas mains fire

The two semi-detached houses that caught fire
Image caption The gas main ruptured, but did not catch fire, and is being fixed by engineers

Two houses caught fire and a gas main ruptured, causing neighbours to flee their homes.

A village hall and 25 homes were evacuated and cordoned off during the blaze at Vale Road in the Dorset village of Stalbridge.

Two semi-detached houses caught fire at 08:30 BST and the gas main ruptured three hours later.

A 100m cordon was put up and people were urged to avoid the area while it was being made safe.

A spokeswoman for Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said the gas main had ruptured but had not caught fire.

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