Smoke on the water, small fire in hotel in Washington, Taoiseach and RTÉ Chief News Correspondent not hurt, ..This is news? April 30, 2008Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics, Media and Journalism.
Got to love the values of our 24 hour news cycle, for today RTÉ brings us the news that:
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has returned to his hotel in Washington after he and his official party were evacuated for a time because of a fire alert.
RTÉ’s Chief News Correspondent Charlie Bird says Mr Ahern was awoken by the US Secret Service at 4.20am (9.20am Irish time) and told they believed there was a fire in a generator a floor above him.
Wooh… Taoiseach. Secret Service. RTÉ’s Chief News Correspondent. 4.20am (9.20am Irish time for all us dolts who don’t realise, like y’know it’s a five hour differential). It’s a bit like 24, but without the excitement, or Jack Bauer, or… er… anything.
Mr Ahern said that everybody walked down the stairs in an orderly fashion without any panic.
Fancy that! No panic. And…
He said there was a strong smell of smoke in the roof of the Renaissance Mayflower hotel just above him
Well… it was a fire… There’s a lovely photograph of Ahern and the Chief Correspondent in the foyer of the hotel, Ahern clutching a small bottle of water to himself, perhaps to assist in putting out the conflagration.
The whole party is understood to be somewhat shaken by the experience.
Never! Let’s hope our beloved Taoiseach has recovered from the upset in time to for the historic address to Congress today…