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- Dorset Fire and Rescue crews are at the scene of a fire at Sandbank's Cafe Shore - follow live updates here
We're going to be closing the live blog shortly - thank you for reading and sending in your photographs this evening!
Here's the first of two video clips from the scene:
A Dorset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said the incident is now being scaled down at Cafe Shore.
"From about 11.30pm there'll be two pumps left at the scene," she said.
"The stop message was received at 10.24pm."
She was unable to comment on a possible cause however.
Koh Noi Thai restaurant has added this to their Facebook page. Sure there'll be lots of similar messages of support from other businesses:
"Here at Koh Noi we're very sorry to hear of the accident at Cafe Shore this evening. We're told your team handled everything extremely well, and we wish you all a speedy recovery, we're just down the road if you need any assistance."
A few more picture of what's happening in Sandbanks at Cafe Shore at the moment @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/bSuJnYDTmr— @SamJSheldon 18 August 2014
Firefighters still investigating the fire at Cafe Shore @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/rd8d35oIvK— @RichardBmthEcho 18 August 2014
Good Luck to all the team @Cafeshore.... Eventful night for sandbanks @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/3UwuqsDBlr— @LeilaMayyy 18 August 2014
I understand that a number of big events are planned for the weekend at Cafe Shore, including a 21st birthday party on Friday night.
Everyone will be hoping the damage inside the restaurant isn't too extensive and it will be able to open soon!
A statement has gone up on Cafe Shore's Facebook page:
"We'd like to thank you for all your concern & support this evening, no-one has been hurt & we are positive we will re-open soon! #cafeshore"
Picture by Richard Crease
@Bournemouthecho Cafe shore on fire this evening http://t.co/chyaxCjJdU— @Royalmintcourt 18 August 2014
The full story as we have it is now online in full
@Bournemouthecho cafe shore - sandbanks http://t.co/wiWYTcYkc4— @Royalmintcourt 18 August 2014
RT @RichardBmthEcho: Firefighters at Cafe Shore at Sandbanks @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/65FsWvwSND— @stfcinbmth 18 August 2014
RT @wwwtailormade: sandbanks Poole Dorset fire next to Tailor Made offices Sandbanks Cafe Shore burns. Glad to report our building ok http:…— @Uponor_Tom 18 August 2014
These photographs, by Echo snapper Richard Crease, show some of the smoke damage caused to the restaurant:
Firefighters still on the scene. No sign of them leaving yet.
Firefighters at Cafe Shore. Pic by David Butler
Firefighters prepare to enter the rear of Cafe Shore. Pic by David Butcher
The first fire engine to arrive . Pic by David Butcher
David Butcher emailed us to say:
"Rowed back from a North Haven Yacht Club mooring to see fire engines arriving. Cafe Shore staff, who were evacuated onto the street when the alarm was sounded were brought into the club to keep warm and have a cuppa."
Street lights are now out in the area and firefighters are using floodlights to carry out their work
Sandbanks Ferry Service will remain suspended until 7am tomorrow
Almost out of battery - incident very much ongoing and looks like crews will be here for some time yet http://t.co/r2c6vZF253— @Winter_Alex 18 August 2014
Too dark for photos on my phone now but follow @RichardBmthEcho for pictures— @Winter_Alex 18 August 2014
Still no word on cause of fire but everyone was evacuated in time, including those who live above the restaurant, and no injuries reported— @Winter_Alex 18 August 2014
The source has not been located and the incident is still ongoing. "Extensive" smoke damage inside but a fire investigation officer needed— @Winter_Alex 18 August 2014
Just spoke to incident commander Jason Moncrieff. He said fire may still be active & that it "seems to be moving around from place to place"— @Winter_Alex 18 August 2014
RT @CllrChrisW: "@Bournemouthecho: Reports of fire at Cafe Shore in Sandbanks http://t.co/G9v5Tq5tUS" #dorsethour— @allycase_TC 18 August 2014
A Dorset Police spokesperson said there were no road closures, but the Sandbanks Ferry would not be sailing for the next three hours.
There is speculation that the blaze was caused by an electrical fault. THE DFRS spokesperson said they could not comment on the cause of the fire at this stage.
The DFRS spokesperson said there were no reports of injuries.
A Dorset Fire and Rescue spokesperson said six fire engines were at the scene and several supporting appliances. A Red Cross volunteers' vehicle was also at the scene.
RT @Mitch_Josh: @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/3zn7aczSvy— @lee197142 18 August 2014
@neilmeldrumecho and 7 fire engines x http://t.co/pF86KVoxNc— @Sophie_Hall95 18 August 2014
@Bournemouthecho 6 fire engines, several police cars, lots of traffic and a sad sight....Cafe Shore on fire http://t.co/PdAtDMwkf8— @queenceri 18 August 2014
Fire in Cafe Shore....scary monsters.... http://t.co/KI5Qog6lqk— @LizWillingham 18 August 2014
Actually cafe shore is on fire care fire engines http://t.co/PPmI1fOJbb— @KYLECAREY_ 18 August 2014
Yikes. Looks like cafe shore is on fire. Hope everyone's ok x— @tomopurcell 18 August 2014
Good evening. There are reports that Cafe Shore in Sandbanks is on fire. A Dorset Fire and Rescue spokesperson said: "Six appliances are at the scene, as well as support vehicles.
"We have got a number of hose reel jets in use. However, it is not confirmed as to exactly what is involved."