Tradgedy strikes as fire rages through St Michael's Artist's Quarter.


The blaze broke out on the St Michael's Trading Estate in Bridport shortly after 18:00 BST on Saturday.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said 12 appliances were used to tackle the fire in "extremely challenging" conditions.

Firefighters remained at the scene overnight. Although no-one was hurt the studios, art and materials of many artists have been destroyed.

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(Photographs: Tim Russ)

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