The sound of my neighbour’s wife crying – wailing might be a better description – through my office wall caught my attention as I wrestled with trying to break the latest offering of code from my off-shore team. It was a somewhat alarming experience! I then realised that there was another noise coming from the front of the house – and the neighbour’s door was opened to loud knocking. Curiosity awakened, I wandered up to the front of the house – our neighbours are elderly and we try to keep a loose eye on them.

I’ve never been a curtain twitcher – if someone is doing something they shouldn’t I’d rather they realised I was watching them – so I pulled the curtain open to reveal a fire engine complete with blue flashing lights parked across our driveway with a hose running into next door. A couple of the fire crew were milling around by the vehicle, so presumably everything was under control.

Sticking my head outside the front door I was able to ascertain from a Fireman that both my neighbours were safe, at which point I called their youngest Daughter to appraise her of the situation. The cause of the fire was a faulty appliance which prompted a visit by the Fire investigation team. So, an Unwelcome occurance in my neighbour’s house which provided the Welcome opportunity to photograph a fire engine and one of the London Fire Brigade’s support vehicles.

Finchley Appliance DPL1198
Finchley Appliance DPL1198 stands outside after the action. It has been turned round and is facing towards the Fire Station which is around 400 yards down the hill.

Fire Investigation Unit FIV3
Fire Investigation Unit FIV3 stands across the road while the team investigate the faulty appliance.

Christmas is a particularly busy time for the Fire Fighters so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their work in protecting the community and to wish them a quiet and happy Festive Season.