O2 tell us this morning that a flood has taken out the Burne House Paddington telephone exchange in London – they have 115 cell sites down as a result. Apparently fire engines have been seen pumping water out.
Funnily enough The Register is reporting a similar story but this time the Paddington Exchange is down because of a fire!
I suppose they could both be right – pump in water to put out fire – pump water back out afterwards!
It ain’t April 1st until tomorrow so it must be true.
5pm Wednesday – latest news is that the exchange will be down until midday on 2nd April – you heard it first on trefor.net !
6 replies on “Fire in Paddington Exchange – Or is it a Flood?”
It was a fire. My brother is a BT engineer and is there trying to get the TfL system up and running again. Expect traffic problems tomorrow because they control some lights at major junctions.
That’s great thanks Nick
[…] A BT employee has reported through our tech support grapevine that apparently the London Fire Brigade pumped 6 million litres of water from the flooded (and burnt) Burne House Exchange in Paddington yesterday. […]
Here’s a photo of the flooded exchange, Tref.
I hear the Thames has reached record flood levels since they pumped it out and the North Sea is rising at its fastest ever rate:-)
Basically, there was a flood, as a result of the water caused the fire which wiped out all the Nodes that were present underground.