Neighbours call fire brigade after mistaking mum, 60, singing ‘holy fire’ for calls for help
She had been singing along to a call and response part of a gospel church service on Facebook when two fire engines turned up
BY MELISSA SIGODO
18:00, 20 AUG 2021
A North London mum was shocked when firefighters turned up at her home after neighbours mistook her singing ‘Holy Ghost Fire!’ to be a plea for help.
Mercy, 60, who attends her local place of worship on a weekly basis and prays along to her daily church service on Facebook Live, could not believe it when two fire engines showed up at her home on Wednesday morning (August, 11).
Her daughter Vivienne, 26, a fellow songstress who appeared on ITV’s The Voice in 2020, had just arrived home from the gym, and said that within minutes of entering the house, she saw firefighters 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 wasn’t sure who called 999, but assumed that one of their neighbours heard her “prayer warrior” mother shouting the impassioned gospel lyrics, during the call and response segment of the streamed sermon.
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 firefighters appeared perplexed as they asked if anyone had been shouting the word “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 puzzled firemen left the house after quizzing the family, “to go and listen to the original call”, returning once more to clarify their confusion.
The North London resident 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 hesitant to explain the reason why the matriarch’s heartfelt shouting had been mistaken for alarm.
The 26-year-old said: “I thought, ‘I’m not going to answer personally’, and my mum Read More
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