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Fire alert over Blairs' burnt breakfast toast

Tony Blair
Tony Blair and his wife were given safety advice

Firefighters were called out to the home of ex-prime minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie after their burnt breakfast toast set off a smoke alarm.

Mr Blair's spokesman said firefighters had already arrived before they could be told it was a false alarm.

Four engines were sent to the 17th Century building in Wotton Underwood when the alarm went off on Saturday.

A spokesman for Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said the Blairs were given fire safety advice.

Mr Blair's spokesman said that, because the house was a grade one listed building, the alarm was "automatically connected" to the local fire station.

'Smoke without fire'

He said: "The Blairs were cooking breakfast when the smoke alarm went off.

"In fact it was just smoke without a fire but by the time Mrs Blair rang the fire service to tell them they didn't need to come, they were already on their way."

He said it was "all rather embarrassing" and Mrs Blair would be sending the fire service a "big thank you note".

A spokesman for Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said two crews from Haddenham and one from Aylesbury went to the Blairs' South Pavilion home but another crew from Oxfordshire that had set out was sent back.

He said: "When they got there, it was basically some burnt toast that had set the alarm off, so it was a smaller incident than was first feared.

"The smoke was cleared with a fan and the firefighters gave some fire safety advice."

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