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Disaster Strikes

Flooded house

broken vase

Occasionally things went wrong as accidents occur. One Monday morning I was sent to meet Clancy at a premises in Bradford where I would be helping him all week, when I arrived, it was obvious Clancy was not his usual self, he was concerned that he may be called in to the office and given his P45. 

At first, he would not discuss the issue, but it weighed on him heavily, after a day or two, when no call had come, he finally told me what had happened.

The previous week he was working in a very large house in Skipton, Yorkshire, whilst the husband was away on business leaving his wife alone, all had gone well until he drilled through a pipe on the landing, this resulted in the worst water leak he had ever seen inside a property.

Within 10 minutes, the grand house double staircase looked like Niagara falls, with  water flowing down both staircases, the carpets on the landing, stairs and hallway were ruined, stained with brown water from the central heating system and torn, where Clancy had tried to pull them up to access the damaged pipes and stem the flow of water. But worse was to come. 

The customer's wife had called an emergency plumber who could not stop the water flow as it was from the heating system which did not have a stop tap. 

Before she knew what was happening, the plumber had started to pull out the brand new marble fireplace in the main lounge in order to access the pipes, the customers wife, when she saw this, fainted and had to be taken away in an ambulance. 

It would seem they had only just had the fireplace installed, it was an antique that had been imported from Italy and fully restored at great expense, and the plumber had broken one side with his crowbar in his desperate attempts to gain access. 

I could hardly take in the description of the incident as Clancy related it. The final claim would be for the fireplace and all the carpets in the house along with re decorating in parts. 

I asked, what did the supervisor say when you called him? 

Clancy said that was the really strange part, the supervisor listened for a minute or two to what had occurred, asked if there was news from the hospital, then said “so the plumber is fixing it” to which Clancy had said yes, and he put the phone down without another word.

I asked, when did this happen, last Wednesday was the reply, mid-morning. 

I then realised why the supervisor had been so quiet and related to Clancy that I had been in the stores that day, the same supervisor, just a few minutes earlier, had received a call from Leeds Art Gallery to advise him that an engineer had just broken a priceless Ming dynasty Chinese vase, he was just preparing to drive to site for a dressing down and was still in shock, when Clancy had called.

I could hardly take in the description of the incident as Clancy related it. The final claim would be for the fireplace and all the carpets in the house along with re decorating in parts. 

I asked, what did the supervisor say when you called him? Clancy said that was the really strange part, the supervisor listened for a minute or two to what had occurred, asked if there was news from the hospital, then said “so the plumber is fixing it” to which Clancy had said yes, and he put the phone down without another word.

I asked, when did this happen, last Wednesday was the reply, mid-morning. I then realised why the supervisor had been so quiet and related to Clancy that I had been in the stores that day, the same supervisor, just a few minutes earlier, had received a call from Leeds Art Gallery to advise him that an engineer had just broken a priceless Ming dynasty Chinese vase, he was just preparing to drive to site for a dressing down and was still in shock, when Clancy had called.