Fire drama as Blair makes a meal of it
Tony Blair and his wife Cherie triggered a fire alert when they tried to cook breakfast at their country home , it has emerged.
Four fire engines were dispatched to the 17th-century South Pavilion in Wotton Underwood, Buckinghamshire, southern England, after the smoke alarm was triggered.
A spokesman for the former UK prime minister said because the property was a grade-one listed building, the alarm was automatically connected to the local fire station.
"The Blairs were cooking breakfast when the smoke alarm went off," the spokesman said of Saturday's incident.
"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."