Y2K bug smokes fire station like a kipper

Now that's what we call testing

Canadian firemen were cursing the Millennium bug after it burnt down one of their shiny fire stations.

The IT menace did its worst on a Montreal station after firemen were called away to a fire at a nearby building. One of the firemen had been frying a hearty meal of chips on the station cooker, and left the food cooking when the alarm sounded. The stove’s power would normally be cut off automatically via a breaker switch following such an emergency. But unbeknown to the firefighters, city officials had been testing the city’s computers for the Y2K bug and disabled the switch.

So the station had its chips. The blaze caused around £225,000 of damage and the building, or what's left of it, is closed indefinitely, today’s Daily Telegraph reports.

In August, thousands of Londoners were left without electricity due to a botched attempt by London Electricity to fix the Millennium bug. ®

Related stories

There will be a plane crash this Thursday
Y2K bug eats Japanese PM's backbone
Johnny Foreigner Y2K laggards named and shamed
Y2K bug eats Inland Revenue records
Y2K bug eats London's electricity
The man who ate the Y2K bug
BA tells Y2K bug to take flying jump
GMT chief slams BA Y2K stunt
Y2K bug sinks Third World trade
Surcharge imposed on Y2K hoarders

Sponsored: Today’s most dangerous security threats