It was bad enough for the Christie family when their kitchen was wrecked by fire.

But now a family pet seems determined not to let them get over the trauma.

Charlie, their chattering cockatoo, w ...

It was bad enough for the Christie family when their kitchen was wrecked by fire.

But now a family pet seems determined not to let them get over the trauma.

Charlie, their chattering cockatoo, was so taken by the ear-splitting shriek of their smoke alarm that he has added its sound to his repertoire, threatening to deny the Kettering family a return to a peaceful existence.

Even the restoration technicians from Rainbow International, brought in to clean up the damaged house, have been running out of patience.

Jason Gillingham of Rainbow International said: "During the whole time the firefighters were there and throughout our clean-up operation Charlie has been practising his skills at being a fire alarm.

"Unfortunately, he's got it down to a fine art now so it looks like we will have to start equipping our technicians with ear plugs otherwise they really will be as sick as a parrot."