A MAJOR road is 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: "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."