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Champagne chaos for footballing firefighters

10th May, 2013 by Andy Young

Champagne celebrations left a football team of firefighters red-faced after their bubbly spraying set off the fire alarms.

champagne1The team’s post-match celebrations of spraying victory Champagne were cut short when their colleagues turned up to answer the emergency call.

The Strathclyde Fire Service were playing against Central Division in the final of the British Services Cup at New Douglas Park, home to Scottish football side Hamilton Academicals. Strathclyde’s 3-0 win prompted dressing-room celebrations, but after they became too high-spirited the alarms were triggered and a 999 call was made.

Scotland’s The Herald newspaper reported that the winning team were soon brought back down to earth after their victory as Strathclyde’s Chief Fire Officer Brian Sweeney was involved in reprimanding them.

Hamilton club secretary Scott Struthers told The Herald: “I don’t think anyone could really believe what was happening.

“The alarm at our reception area had gone off and then the next thing we knew we had three fire engines rushing up to put out a fire – only to find their colleagues in the building.

“The champagne must have mucked up the electrics. I knew what had happened straight away so we didn’t have a full evacuation but it was very funny.”

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