Firefighters warn hoax calls could cost lives

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FIREFIGHTERS called out to a hoax have warned that such pranks put lives in danger.

Two fire engines were sent out to attend what they believed was a lift rescue at Tipton House, in Somers Town, at about 3.45pm yesterday.

When they arrived they realised the call-out was a hoax and crew manager Kevin Taylor said the time they wasted could have caused a tragedy.

He said: ‘Whoever did this is putting people’s lives in danger.

‘The amount of time it takes for a fire engine to be available if it’s needed somewhere else could be the difference between life and death.’

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