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415 false fire alarms in West Norfolk during 2018

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Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service attended 415 incidents which turned out to be false alarms in West Norfolk during 2018.

A freedom of information request sent by the Lynn News revealed that 219 of these false alarms were in the Lynn area alone during the calendar year.

According to the research group, BRE, false alarms cost Fire and Rescue Services and businesses an estimated £1 billion a year in the United Kingdom.

Crews from South Lynn were called to a false alarm at Paige Close in Watlington on Wednesday morning at 7.37am.

A crew was also sent out to a false alarm on Prince Henry Place in Downham on Wednesday morning just after 11am. This was caused by workmen.

False alarms can be triggered by a variety of reasons including accidental damage, a fire-like trigger such as a smoke machine and malfunctioning equipment.

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