Firefighters in Northamptonshire, England rushed to a home in Daventry after it received the report of the fire alarm going off. But as soon as they rushed to help thinking there was some emergency, it turned out to be a false alarm. Not a prank, but a parrot’s “amazing” impersonation of a smoke alarm. Yes, you read it right.
Although the beeping sounds of the smoke alarms were heard, there was no fire. It was Jazz, the parrot perfectly mimicking the alarm. Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, who attended the emergency call in a statement explained that in some properties, smoke alarms are monitored by an alarm-receiving company. If an alarm is activated, they try to make contact “with the resident to establish whether there is a fire or if it is a false activation.”
“On this occasion, it appears that while the monitoring company was on the phone to the householder, they could hear a continued alarm in the background and notified the fire service as a precaution,” the agency quoted Watch Commander Norman James.
“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!” they quoted him.
Incident 15:45 False alarm – this was caused by a parrot impersonating the smoke alarm at a property #Daventry
— NorthantsFire (@northantsfire) November 14, 2018
The agency said the incident brought a smile of the face of the first responders and was happy that the owner and his pets were safe.
Talking to BBC News, Owner Steve Dockerty, 63, said, “Jazz loves to imitate things and he imitated a smoke alarm so well, they called the fire brigade.”
— BBC Look East (@BBCLookEast) November 16, 2018
The news left people online in splits and other parrot owners started sharing similar experiences.
Our parrot perfected our smoke alarm too 🤦🏽♀️ https://t.co/bANC9xllvW
— Jessica Heddings (@JessicaHeddings) November 17, 2018
— Harry Turtledove (@HNTurtledove) November 16, 2018
— Nick Reilly (@NickJWReilly) November 16, 2018
Can’t even be angry at this 😂👌🏻 https://t.co/1wJZr8CZCR
— Georgina (@georginalamb) November 16, 2018
As unfortunate as it is that the fire brigade’s time was wasted due to this, it’s still the funniest thing I’ve read all year 😂😂 https://t.co/BaCK49MtNS
— Rhys (@GamingAddictHD) November 16, 2018
— HeatherGStewart🇨🇦 (@hgracestewart) November 16, 2018
This is why avian-based fire-alarm systems never got off the ground :) https://t.co/4YgB5fHIH2
— Grant K (@solovyei) November 16, 2018
My friend’s parrot woke her up around two am by perfectly imitating her smoke alarm one work night, then laughed when she woke up in a panic.
Good times. https://t.co/mkrZhnRQjH
— Laserbeam 🌹 (@BerkeleyGirl63) November 16, 2018
“GET ME THAT PARROT NOW!” An editor, somewhere. https://t.co/Xb6pEiORws
— Robert Rowlands (@robrowlands) November 16, 2018
This parrot is basically trolling all us humans… well done, Jazz! https://t.co/JVEDSs5Wcb
— TheMominatrixx⏰TickTock… it’s #MuellerTime! (@TheMominatrixx) November 16, 2018
I shouldn’t laugh, but this is hilarious 😂 https://t.co/ll1aeZjs41
— Cllr Pinder Chauhan (@pinder_chauhan) November 16, 2018
Have you heard something like this before?