A FISHING tackle shop has been badly damaged by fire.

The blaze broke out at a property in New Lane, New Milton, shortly after 3am today.

Crews from three fire stations - Burley, Christchurch and New Milton - dashed to the scene.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said the fishing tackle shop was badly damaged in the fire and a neighbouring building was also affected.

The stop message came in at 4.35am.