BBC Breakfast forced off air as alarm sounds and studio gets evacuated

Fire alarms blared as the cast was forced to evacuate BBC Breakfast this morning live on air

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BBC Breakfast evacuate studio live on air

BBC Breakfast was forced to evacuate the building this morning as a fire alarm went off live on air.

At 9.55am an interview with the winner of this year’s The Apprentice, Harpreet Kaur was interrupted by a loud ringing.

As the fire alarm went off, Rachel Burden remained on the red sofa. Addressing the camera she said: “So, we’ve been disturbed by-“

When the ringing paused, Roger Johnson attempted to continue the interview before an automated announcement instructed them to leave the building.

The voice said: “Attention, attention, please evacuate the building by the nearest available exit.”

The two hosts quickly made sense of the situation, with Rachel apologizing to the audience about the interruption.

Presenters Rachel Burden and Roger Johnson looked concerned as fire alarms went off


She said: “I’m so sorry everyone, for the time being we’re going to have to leave the studios.

“We’ll see if we can come back before the end of the show.”

The presenters were clearly told to leave the premises, although they remained seated and addressing the audience for a short period.

Roger said: “Thank you, enjoy whatever you’re doing for the rest of the day. I think we are going to have to go. Harpreet, I’m so sorry. That’s terrible.”

The presenters remained on the couch until the camera cut to a holding screen.

The hosts attempted to stay calm


Viewers were quick to criticize the presenters for their behavior around the fire alarm, with them taking to Twitter to voice their concerns.

One wrote: “Bit confused and concerned why 2 reporters and guest stayed on the sofa for so long with a fire alarm going off and a tannoy message to leave the building ??”

A second penned: “It was a fire alarm…that’s all you need to know. It goes off you get out, quick. #ThickAsMince”

Another viewer felt the hosts reaction was quite relatable, penning: “Love the very real reaction to the alarm. You can see them thinking: “Is this really happening? Do we really have to move? *sigh* Oh OK then!”

While another felt the reaction to the alarm was very ‘British’, writing: “Very British response to the fire alarm going off mid-interview on @BBCBreakfast

“Maybe stop apologizing so much and evacuate as the announcement suggests”

Fans criticized the hosts for not evacuating quickly


At 10.08am, just 13 minutes after the alarm was first heard, Rachel took to Twitter to confirm that it had been a false alarm and that everyone was safe.

She shared a picture of herself and Harpreet smiling at the camera, as she held a piece of cookie pie.

Rachel captioned the image: “It’s all ok folks – false alarm and yes I did get some cookie pie and get to chat to the fabulous @harpsikaur @BBCBreakfast”

One viewer responded, saying: “That cookie pie looks amazing, can you send me some down the line.

“Pleased it was just a false alarm but sad that the interview never really got going”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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