A ROLLS Royce and a Lotus were completely destroyed when fire swept through a domestic garage in Ringwood this morning.

Firefighters were able to prevent the flames from reaching the adjoining house.

The incident happened at The Close close to the town centre just after 10am.

When two fire crews from Ringwood arrived they found the garage burning fiercely.

Watch manager Kevin Morrison, the senior officer at Ringwood, said that the building was a mass of flames when they pulled up.

He said: "My firefighters worked extremely hard to stop the flames from spreading and thankfully there was only smoke damage to the house."

The Ringwood firefighters, some wearing breathing apparatus, were soon joined by colleagues from Burley while police closed off the adjoining Mansfield Road and diverted traffic through Ringwood Town Centre.

The occupiers, retired couple Peter and Barbara Coles, were unhurt.

Mr Coles praised the efforts of the firefighters. "They were here very quickly and were magnificent," he said.