A Young Mum was left panic-struck after her fire alarm sounded for more than 30 minutes just days after the Grenfell Flats horror.
Full-time mom Zhibeck Tazhgulova, 23, was sleeping when the terrifying noise from the fire alarm at the front of her second-floor flat in Sandyford Road, Jesmond, Newcastle woke her up at 3:00 am.
Panicked after watching the deadliest tower fire ever seen in the UK at Grenfell on TV and thinking something similar was about to happen in her home, Mrs Tazhgulova dialled the fire service asking for help.
“I was so afraid. After 20-30 minutes, the alarm was still on. People were sleeping. Then, after calling my neighbour, I rang the fire service and asked them what should I do,” she said.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said they would immediately send a fire brigade to check the area.
“The fire service near Jesmond reported the incident early in the morning of Friday 23rd of June 2017 and sent a fire engine with two firemen.”
Mrs Tazhgulova, who lives in a nine flat building, said she did not feel heat or smell smoke around her and was confused because no one in the area did anything.
“None of my neighbours turned on their lights. It seemed that people were used to this noise.”
However, after a couple of minutes, the sound went off unexpectedly and Mrs Tazhgulova dialled the firemen one more time to tell them it was a false alarm.
“They told me that despite the noise stopping they would check the area, and after 2-3 minutes of my second call a big fire truck came house.”
Two firemen inspected houses in front of Mrs Tazhgulova flat, where the alarm was heard, but after six minutes they were satisfied that there was no danger and went away.
Following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower that killed more than 75 people, Newcastle University is undertaking a precautionary review of all the buildings in their area, including Jesmond, where Mrs Tazhgulova lives with her 18-month-old daughter and her husband, an MA student.
“The safety of all our students is our absolute priority. We want to reassure you that we do not believe there is any cause for concern. Regardless we would encourage you to familiarise yourselves with all building escape plans, fire escapes and exits. If you discover a fire, please raise the alarm and evacuate the building. Remember to dial 999,” a University spokesman said.
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