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Firefighters Save Woman From Fire By Changing the Channel

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the idiot-box dept.

Idle 7

An elderly woman in Zurich mistook a fire on her television for the real thing and called the fire department to save her. The firemen found her TV tuned to a German station that airs the constant image of a fireplace in the early morning. "The fire was extinguished with the press of a button," police said in a statement. I wonder who she would have called if she had accidentally tuned into a Godzilla marathon.

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Of course, that just caused another problem... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28566105)

After the fire department left, she no doubt called to the police regarding the tiny humanoids invading her home. Lucky that glass wall stopped them long enough for the cops to arrive!

I've been on a fire call where an old lady... (1)

yourassOA (1546173) | more than 5 years ago | (#28568199)

had the batteries backward in the smoke detector and the sticker on the back said "call 911" so she did. We had to go out and switch the batteries over for her.

Re:I've been on a fire call where an old lady... (1)

martas (1439879) | more than 5 years ago | (#28572179)

are you sure she didn't just use that as an excuse to get you to change her batteries?

Re:I've been on a fire call where an old lady... (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 5 years ago | (#28575979)

Could be worse ... one woman tried to sue a local sex shop because she claimed her dildo impregnated her when the batteries leaked.

Re:I've been on a fire call where an old lady... (1)

SanguineV (1197225) | more than 5 years ago | (#28578439)

[citation needed]

Erm... (1)

Kokuyo (549451) | more than 5 years ago | (#28575029)

Being Swiss it seems kind of funny that WE haven't heard anything about this supposed incident.

Re: (1)

clint999 (1277046) | more than 5 years ago | (#28580791)

Am I the only one that is completely confused?

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