Members of the public are being advised to avoid the Turbary Park Avenue area of Bournemouth while a manhole fire is tackled.
At around 11.30am today, Sunday 17 January 2016, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service attended reports of a fire along Turbary Park Avenue.
Officers attended soon after to assist with road closures and to aid with the evacuation of residents.
A number of road closures are in place – including Turbary Park Avenue at the junctions of Poole Lane, Garage Roundabout and Kimber Road.
A Dorset Police spokesman said: “At this time the fire is not thought to be suspicious and no-one has been injured as a result of the incident.
One woman has been taken to hospital as a precaution.
“Eight people have been evacuated while emergency services and the electricity company make the area safe and I understand that the power is out in the area while this takes place.
“This remedial work may take some time to complete and I’d urge motorists to find alternative routes wherever possible. I’d like to thank members of the public for their patience.”