FIRE crews from nine towns, including Wilton and Mere, have been tackling a major fire in a block of flats in Frome.

The incident was reported at about 2.45am this morning (October 19).

Fire crews from Trowbridge, Westbury, Warminster, Bradford on Avon, Chippenham, Wilton, Mere, Shepton Mallet and Bath along with their aerial platform were sent to the scene to assist Frome firefighters.

Portway, Frome was closed to traffic as more than 65 firefighters tackled the blaze in the building in Garston next to the Lidl supermarket.

8 members of the public have been displaced due to the fire and are being rehomed.

At 9.15am, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said the incident was ongoing: "Crews are still making steady progress, the aerial ladder platform is in use damping down hot spots. Three fire appliances are in attendance at the scene."