Fire at 16th Century thatched pub in Chideock

Fire at Clockhouse Inn Image copyright Sam ward
Image caption Fourteen fire crews tackled the blaze at the Clockhouse Inn in Chideock

A 16th Century thatched pub in a Dorset village has been extensively damaged in a fire.

The Clockhouse Inn in Chideock was "showing signs of collapse", Dorset Fire and Rescue said.

Fourteen crews have been tackling the blaze, which started at about 12:00 BST, but the fire service said it was scaling down its operation.

The A35 through Chideock has been shut in both directions causing severe congestion for bank holiday traffic.

No-one was injured in the fire.

Image copyright Sam ward
Image caption Villagers watched as the blaze took hold
Image copyright claire oakley
Image caption The fire in Chideock started at about midday

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