Maternity or Fire—They Answer

Issue 6 and Volume 84.

Maternity or Fire—They Answer The Fire Department at West Hartlepool, England, has been undergoing an experience that is rare in firemanic circles, according to Fire, a London fire journal. It is mistaken for a maternity home. On more than one hundred occasions in a month, the fire house telephone signal has been set in motion by as many anxious fathers who have asked: “Is this 2222?’” “Yes,” replies the man on duty, “West Hartlepool Fire Brigade.” “Fire brigade! I want to know how the wife is and whether it’s a boy or a girl? Isn’t this the maternity home?” “No. Ring off.” And all because of a typographical error in an unofficial telephone directory recently published by a London firm.

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