Last night passed largely without incident for west Wiltshire’s fire crews, as heavy storms battered the county.

A crew from Bradford on Avon was called to business premises on Holt Road at 11.45pm after an alarm was sounding, which was believed to have been caused by the extreme weather conditions.

In Westbury firefighters from the town joined colleagues from Trowbridge Fire Station at Alfred Street, when a caller reported seeing a house struck by lightning at around 12.50am. However, despite a thorough search of the town centre they were unable to find any signs of a fire.

Around the same time a crew also attended a property on The Avenue, Westbury, to help mop up water pouring in through a leaking conservatory roof.

Finally, also at around 1pm, firefighters in Melksham were called to the Leekes store on Beanacre Road for another false alarm.

Despite a full external inspection of the building they found no reason for the alarm to have sounded.

A two-hour strike which lasted from 6am to 8am also passed without incident, but people have been warned to take extra care between 11pm and 1am tonight, when a second walkout is planned.