FIREFIGHTERS tackled a chimney fire at a farmhouse in North Dorset.

Crews were called to a property in Motcombe, near Shaftesbury, earlier this evening.

Retained firefighters from Shaftesbury and Gillingham stations were involved.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said the chimney was ‘burning fiercely.’

A spokesman said it involved a log burner and the fire was located on the upper half of the ground floor chimney.

It was extinguished using hoses and a chimney kit.

Crews worked to stop embers spreading to the thatch on the property.

The brigade advises people to ensure chimneys are swept regularly.