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Firemen get steamed up over students taking a shower

PUBLISHED: 14:12 28 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:50 05 October 2010

FIREFIGHTERS were getting steamed up answering calls almost every night to a student complex and finding it was a false alarm. Now college officials may have solved the mystery of why emergency fire crews kept turning up to the Mile End campus night after night

FIREFIGHTERS were getting steamed up answering calls almost every night to a student complex and finding it was a false alarm.

Now college officials may have solved the mystery of why emergency fire crews kept turning up to the Mile End campus night after night.

One per cent of all London’s automatic fire alarm calls answered by the London Fire Brigade came from the huge complex housing 2,000 students next to Queen Mary College in Mile End Road.

“We were having to answer calls almost every night,” a senior Fire Brigade officer told the East London Advertiser.

“The alarms were being set off by steam every time the shower doors were opened and the steam rushed out.”

The college has now had the heat monitors moved away from the shower rooms, which has reduced the number of false alarms to Bow fire station.

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