Neighbours Call Fire Brigade After Hearing Nigerian Shout ‘holy Fire’ In London
Neighbors call fire department subsequent to mixing up 60 years old mum singing ‘holy ghost fire’ for calls for help.
She had been vocalizing to a call-and-response part of a gospel church service on Facebook when two fire motors turned up
A North London mum was stunned when firemen turned up at her home after neighbors mixed up her singing ‘Holy Ghost Fire!’ to be an appeal for help.
Mercy, 60, who every week worships at a church around her neighborhood and prays along to her day by day church service on Facebook Live, couldn’t believe it when two fire motors appeared at her home on Wednesday morning (August, 11).
Her daughter Vivienne, 26, a fellow singer who showed up on ITV’s The Voice in 2020, had recently shown up home from the gym, and said that promptly after going into the house, she saw firemen park outside the family home.
The singer said: “Within seven minutes, two fire brigades pulled up and at first I thought ‘there’s no way, there’s no way’.
Vivienne didn’t know who called 999, yet expected that one of their neighbors heard her “prayer warrior” mother yelling the enthusiastic gospel verses, during the call and response section of the streamed message.
The Londoner said: “I came back from the gym so I caught the aftermath of it, but I could hear that she was praying.
“She has a Facebook live stream that she watches in the morning so she prays to that.
“She was was kind of doing the call and response thing. I could hear it as I was coming up and kind of said ‘hi’ and went in the house”.
Vivienne said the firemen seemed baffled as they inquired as to whether anybody had been yelling “fire“.
Vivienne said: “They said we’ve been called for fire, and we said ‘there isn’t one’ and then confirmed the address and they said ‘are you sure, have you checked everything’s fine?’.”
The Londoner watched on as the perplexed fire fighters went out after questioning them, “to go and listen to the original call”, returning again to explain their disarray.
The North London occupant said: “They came back again and said, ‘we’re not being funny but was anyone shouting the word “fire”?’.
Vivienne and her mum, Mercy, say they were reluctant to clarify the motivation behind why the matriarch’s ardent yelling had been confused with alert.
The 26-year-old said: “I thought, ‘I’m not going to answer personally’, and my mum was like ‘mmm I’m not sure, I’m not sure’.
“The firemen said, ‘it’s fine if you were, it’s just that somebody called and said that’s what they could hear’, and we said, ‘there’s nothing going on’
The Londoner says the emergency service workers requested to check the house and addressed whether the musical family had issues with their neighbors, which might have spurred them to pull a trick or target them by calling police.
The singer said: “We just said, no, everything’s all good’. We said, ‘sorry about the confusion, we don’t know what has happened’.
Vivienne saw the experience as “hilarious” and said the firemen additionally laughed during the astounding minutes.
By and large, the Londoner felt that the call was unquestionably a consequence of culture conflict in the “gentrified” neighborhood.
Vivienne said: “I thought it was hilarious. I just thought I can’t believe this is real, it feels scripted because they were all laughing as well.
“It’s 100 percent culture clash. If it was 10 years ago before our road became a lot more gentrified, I don’t think that would have happened.
“But they [whoever called 999] didn’t understand the context and didn’t do any work to figure out what was actually going on”.
Vivienne felt that they could have basically taken a look at the home first, prior to calling the emergency services number, and that she expected they had learnt their lessons and felt that a similar occurrence wouldn’t happen once more in the future.
The 26-year-old said: “In a sense, it was out of care potentially but also a misinterpretation of culture there.
“I’m thinking they learned their lesson and they won’t call again, because really, I think they should have checked before calling.
“Because if you can’t see any smoke or smell anything, I would have just checked.
“If you hear someone saying fire, go and investigate first”.
A representative for London Fire Brigade said firemen from Holloway and Hornsey were called at 10.07am and they had ascertained there was no fire within 10 minutes.