FIREFIGHTERS were called to five incidents in just one day last week, including saving a toddler trapped in a car.

On July 22, crews in Sherborne were kept busy as they attended three fires in the open, the rescue of a two-year-old and one false alarm.

The first call was at around 2am when there was a small fire outside, along the A30 in Henstridge.

A hose reel jet was used to extinguish the fire and crews returned to the station at around 3.20am.

The next call, at around 11.20am, was to reports of a toddler locked inside their parents’ car.

A spokesperson for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) said: “A crew from Sherborne was called to a car park on Ludbourne Road at 11:23am on July 22 to rescue a child who was locked inside a car.”

DWFRS said “specialist equipment” was used to unlock the car without causing any damage, with the rescue operation lasting around 20 minutes.

The spokesperson added: “Firefighters unlocked the car using small tools as well as breaking-in equipment and had left the scene just after 11.40am.”

It has not been recorded by DWFRS why the toddler was locked inside the car.

At around 3.15pm Sherborne firefighters dealt with “a small fire in the open” along the A30 at Toomer Hill, were a hose reel jet was used to extinguish the fire and damp down the surrounding area.

The fourth call out was a false alarm, just after 6pm, when one appliance from Sherborne was mobilised to a nearby residential home. Crews carried out an inspection and confirmed this to be a false alarm.

At 6.50pm a Sherborne crew dealt with a third fire in the open, along Barrow Hill in Stalbridge.

Similar to the earlier incidents, firefighters dealt with the blaze using a hose reel jet.