A fire in Bridport town centre last night may have been started deliberately.

Firefighters were called to South Street shortly after 10.30pm.

Two crews from Bridport station rushed to the scene and found a storage shed at the back of a restaurant well-alight.

Using two hose reel jets and breathing equipment, firefighters were on scene for around 90 minutes.

Luckily, the fire was spotted early enough and nobody was injured, a fire service spokesman confirmed.

A spokesman said: "Thankfully the fire was spotted early on, as the radiated heat had already started to melt the guttering and break windows of both properties close by. Had this not been the case, a shed fire would have turned into a property fire with people sleeping inside."

The incident has been handed over to the police, who are investigating.

A spokesman for Dorset Police said: "We were informed the cause of the fire is believed to be suspicious. The shed and its contents were destroyed in the blaze. The fire also caused damage to two adjacent buildings."