Three cheers for Hornsey firefighters! I had to call the fire brigade last night. Sitting in my lounge at about 10pm a terrible noise started. Difficult to describe – a bit like a pneumatic drill / burglar alarm – but worse. I went to open the front door to see where the noise was coming from and as the noise got louder – thought to myself it was in the street somewhere.
Went back to the lounge and my younger daughter came down and I asked her if she could hear it. She could – and she went to front door and opened it and agreed it was louder outside. But then she went to the corner of the house and said it was the radiator in that corner.
I went over – and it was making a terrible noise – but there was even more noise from below in the basement where the boilers are. The house seemed at that point to be vibrating – so we screamed for my elder daughter to come, grabbed the dog and got out the house – as it felt as if something was about to blow.
I called 999 and the Fire Brigade, moved the car out the drive, put one daughter and dog in the car and the other daughter ran back in to turn off heating and hot water – which did stop the noise. We waited. Within a couple of minutes the firefighters arrived – checked everything – said it was a hammer airlock (probably) and that we had done the right thing. As another firefighter came up the path – he said – hello, I lobbied you in Parliament last week. And so he had! Small world.
Anyway – just want to say a public thank you – as it was a very frightening situation and they were there when we needed them. Literally – my heroes!
[Update: Conservative Brian Coleman has attacked me for calling out the firemen. More on this in my latest blog post – including the Fire Brigade confirming it was right for me to call them out.]