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Toast triggers Blair fire alarm

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Firefighters rushed to the country home of former prime minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie after their burnt breakfast toast triggered a fire alert.

According to Mr Blair's spokesman, the 17th-century South Pavilion in Wotton Underwood was a Grade One listed building, and as such, the alarm is automatically connected to the local fire station.

After the smoke alarm was set off, four fire engines were sent to the building. However, it was later found that some burnt toast had triggered the alert.

The spokesman 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.

"All rather embarrassing and she'll certainly be sending them a big thank-you note."

A spokesman for Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Two crews from Haddenham, the nearest local station, and one from Aylesbury attended. One from Thame, in Oxfordshire, was on its way but was turned back."

The Blairs were given some fire safety advice after the smoke was cleared with a fan, the spokesman added.

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