London, Apr 5 (ANI): Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair saw three fire engines coming to his 6-million-pound stately home in Buckinghamshire after he triggered smoke alarms while cooking breakfast.
An automatic alarm system summoned the firefighters to the 17th-century South Pavilion in Wotton Underwood.
Smoke had started to drift from the kitchen into other rooms in the seven-bedroomed house.
However, the first crew to arrive - part-time firefighters from the nearby village of Haddenham - found no evidence of an actual fire.
The alarm was raised soon after 9.30am by automatic fire sensors at the Grade 1 listed home, which is monitored by a security firm.
Control staff at the receiving centre immediately made a 999 call to the Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, which mobilised three fire engines.
The crew from Haddenham was followed by another from Aylesbury and a third from Thame, Oxon, which was turned back once the first firefighters had arrived.
"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 Telegraph quoted a spokesperson for the Blairs as saying.
"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," added the spokesman.
On the other hand, a spokesman for Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue said the service could not comment on whether the Blairs were in the house at the time of the incident on Saturday morning, or whether the toast was intended for them, but confirmed the incident had taken place. (ANI)