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article imageNova Scotia couple's house on fire but couldn't call 911

By Kevin Jess     Sep 12, 2009 in Crime
A Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia couple probably felt like the boy who called wolf when their home caught fire September 10 and they couldn't call 911. They had no phone due to a court order because they made too many false 911 calls.
While inside their home at 113 Crescent St., Joanne and Thomas Bruno discovered their home was on fire near the back door but were unable to call 911 due to a court order that the couple have no phone, cell phone, Internet or any other communication device in their home, reports the Chronicle Herald.
Mr. Bruno was just released from jail on Wednesday and is expected back in court on September 23 when the matter would be further considered.
In an interview with Chronicle Herald Ms. Bruno said, “Me and my husband had to scream out the side window over to my mother’s on nearby Cook Street and tell her to call 911. We were screaming and hol­lering. It’s just terrible. Unreal this is happening to us."
The couple has been charged with making almost 900 emergency calls to 911 over this summer.
On some days there would be over 50 calls made from their address.
The charges include, mischief for interfering with the 911 system, uttering false in­formation to police and 911 oper­ators, and placing false, frivolous and vexatious calls to 911.
Police are now investigating a possible arson in connection with the fire at the Bruno's.
The Chronicle Herald reported that Ms. Bruno said that they were being "set up by a neighbour" whom she claims has a "U.S. made device that can dial 911 from a computer and direct responders to any address."
She said that there were calls allegedly made from their home when they weren't there and that on one occasion a call was made while police were present in the home and the couple were standing right in front of them.
Police have ruled out computer hackers, crossed wires and other potential causes of the calls.
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