Firefighters Make Emergency Visit To Household After Parrot Was Confused With A Smoke Alarm
Firefighters called to a suspected blaze in Northamptonshire were left baffled when they discovered an African grey parrot called Jazz, impersonating a smoke alarm.
The 17-year-old parrot's owner, Steve Dockerty, was confused when fire crews descended on his home at around 3.45pm on Wednesday.
While the crew thought they had been alerted to a fire in the property, it turned out to just be Jazz's perfect impression of the alarm.
Staff at the alarm company had called Steve after the alarm was triggered for no apparent reason, but when operators heard the bird in the background, they alerted Northampton Fire and Rescue Service who rushed to the scene.
Steve, who adopted Jazz 12 months ago to give his other parrot, Kiki, some company, said: "He's a cheeky sod and likes to imitate things. He imitated the smoke alarm so well that they called the fire brigade."
"All the while, Jazz was sitting in his cage laughing his socks offs.
"The fire crew were very good about it and even came around the next day to check if the birds were ok."
While Steve said this is the first time either of his birds have impersonated the smoke alarm, he did admit they make noises whenever he's out of the room.
"Every day there's something new with them," he revealed. "They'll be getting me in more mischief sometime in the near future, that's for sure."
Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue watch commander, Norman James, said: "When we arrived at the property, the householder assured us there was no fire and we checked and cleaned the smoke alarms to try and prevent further activation.
"While we were doing this, we could still hear an alarm in the background and soon realised it was African Grey parrot Jazz continuing to do his excellent impression of a smoke alarm.
"It certainly made the crew smile and although it was a false alarm, because there was no actual fire we were thankful that the householder and his two parrots were safe."
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