A MAJOR road was closed this afternoon after a power line set ablaze.

A stretch of the A31 is shut between Canford Bottom Roundabout and Merley Roundabout as a result of the fire.

Firefighters were called to the road just before midday.

A spokesperson from the Dorset fire service said earlier: "A crew from Wimborne are currently in attendance at a fire involving an electricity pylon, just off the A31 near Leigh.

"Crews are currently awaiting the arrive of the electricity board.

"The police have now shut the A31."

Traffic is now reported to be returning to normal.