Tony Blair's Burnt Toast False Fire Alarm Scramble - Cherie Sorry
A total of four fire engines rushed to the Blair's Grade 1 listed South Pavilion mansion after the fire alarm was set off as the Blair's prepared breakfast. The alarm is connected directly to a security company and by the time the Blair's got round to ringing the brigade to tell them it was a false alarm fire appliances were already approaching the house.
A spokesperson for the Blairs said: "The Blairs were cooking breakfast when the smoke alarm went off. Because they live in a Grade 1 listed building, the smoke alarm is automatically connected to the local fire station, so the fire brigade sprang into action immediately.
The Blair's are said to be very embarrassed by the incident and a spokesperson said that it was a case of "smoke without fire" and that Cherie Blair would be sending a personal note of apology and thanks to the fire service.
It is common practice for Grade 1 listed buildings to have fire alarms connected directly to the Fire Brigade but some are questioning if the sending out of four fire appliances to such a call would have occurred if it was an alarm from someone other than former prime minister Tony Blair. Fire engines were scrambled into action not just from the Blair's local station but from Haddenham, Aylesbury and Oxford.
The fire officers attending gave the Blair's a safety talk and advice on how to avoid this happening again which must at it's heart have been "Watch the toast" - good advice perhaps for all politicians as a general election approaches.
South Pavilion is for all intents and purposes a 'stately home' and was until 2000 lived in by the late great actor Sir John Gielgud. Local residents have had to live with a daily presence of armed security guards since the millionaire Blair's moved into house.
Mr Blair's spokesman said firefighters had already arrived before they could be told it was a false alarm.
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