Fire crews called to false alarm as smoke from security system mistaken for real fire

Firefighters were called to a flat in Bury St Edmunds Picture: NEIL PERRY

Firefighters were called to a flat in Bury St Edmunds Picture: NEIL PERRY - Credit: Archant

Three fire crews were called to a false alarm at a flat in Bury St Edmunds after a ‘smoke cloak’ burglar alarm was mistaken for a genuine fire.

Two firefighters entered the property in Merchant Avenue wearing breathing apparatuses, only to discover the smoke had been created as a security measure.

'Smoke cloaks' are designed to deter intruders by filling a room with dense, harmless smoke, which obstructs vision.

The incident was reported at 8.58pm on Thursday evening after witnesses reported seeing smoke fill the property.

However, a stop was called a short while later once fire crews understood the cause of the smoke.


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It is not known what triggered the system.

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