FIRE crews from Dorchester had a busy night with two car fires and a car accident.

Just before 3am crews from the county town were called to Princes Street in Dorchester where a van was alight.

Dorset Police were called to the incident to help with traffic management.

The fire was extinguished using one hosereel jet.

Firefighters believe the fire was caused by an electrical fault and this caused severe damage to the dashboard of the vehicle.

Just before 4am crews were called to Winterbourne Abbas were a car had left the road and was in a ditch.

Fire crews helped to get the driver out of the car.

Then just after 4am the crews were called to a report of a car fire on Bridport Road. The fire involving a car and its contents was soon extinguished.

On Sunday morning Swanage crews responded to a garden fire on Hill Road, Swanage.

Crews used water jets to extinguish the fire which involved a section of hedge and a compost bin.

Officers believe the fire was caused accidentally by a carelessly discarded cigarette.

A spokesman for the fire service said: “Fortunately the damage was fairly minor but we would like to remind people to ensure that all smoking materials are fully extinguished before being disposed of in the correct manner.”