"As you can probably tell we have a fire alarm - we're not quite sure what to do about it"
Last night’s ITV News broadcast was cut short live on air, after a fire alarm interrupted the broadcast.
Presenter Tom Bradby kept his cool, addressing viewers succinctly as the alarm broke out around 10:10pm, ten minutes into the late night news show. “As you can probably tell we have a fire alarm – we’re not quite sure what to do about it,” he admitted on air.
After a brief pause, he continued: “I’m really, really sorry about this but I’m afraid we have to evacuate the building. These things happen and unfortunately it has happened tonight and we have very little choice.
“I really apologise, we will get back to you with the rest of the programme if we possibly can.”
Watch footage of the incident below.
It was later confirmed by ITV that it was a false alarm, and no one was hurt in the evacuation.
“That’s a very British way of announcing a fire alarm ITV News,” wrote one viewer on Twitter. “‘Right, well I’m awfully sorry, these things happen and we have to evacuate’ Just go Tom we don’t want you catching fire politely letting the public down on missing the news.”
“Sorry about the disruption tonight. False alarm, it seems,” Bradby later tweeted. “Words fail me.”