Speaking to local reporters outside the charred remains of what was once 129 Marlborough Crescent, the still shaken former owner Michael Worthington tried to explain away the bizarre encounter he had with his new lexmark printer which ulimately led to the obliteration of his home.
'Everything seemed to be going ok but things started to go a little strange just after the installation was completed ' said a bewildered Mr Worthington ' the geeky sounding american voice instruction was very helpful to start with but I was a little concerned when it kept insisting that I needed to load more paper in when it was obviously already full'.
Things took more of a sinister turn when the machine marked model number Z2001 started to call Mr Worthington by his name
'when it said ''please load more paper Michael'' my suspicions went sky high that something was wrong' continued Mr Worthington 'even when I stacked out the loading tray with a full ream of A4 the machine still insisted it needed more paper. " More paper Michael, I need more paper" it kept saying, I got so frustrated with it I turned it off at the wall but it kept on working'.
Agonisingly for Mr Worthington not only did the printer keep talking but it also detected that he was now a threat to it's existence and alarmingly it was then that the machine set itself on a self detonation programme which was timed to go off in five minutes.
'I was at desperation point at this stage' said a frantic Worthington ' I went through the instruction manual as quick as I could but by the time I found the english version of the instructions the machine was already down to three minutes'.
After being put on hold for two of those remaining minutes by the delhi helpline Mr Worthington decided he may have to run for it ' I ran up the stairs grabbed the kids out of their beds, dragged the wife away from eastenders and all of us legged it out of the house as fast our legs would carry us'.
No sooner had Mr Worthington and his family got clear of the house there was an almight explosion behind them as 129, Marlborough Crescent was reduced to a burning mass of smoke and flame.
'To say I wasn't impressed with this printer would be putting it mildly and I will be writing a letter of complaint to the Manager of PC World in Oxford to let him know just that. I will also let him know how he would feel about having to stop with my bloody mother in law for the next six months with her yappy little yorkshire terriers while my house is being re-built'.
PC world have issued an apology to Mr Worthington and his family and have offered a full refund for the printer. ' We are going to recall all Z2001 models and have them double checked by our technicians' said a spokesperson for PC world ' we had our doubts about retailing this model especially after it insisted it wanted to be known as HAL'.
Mr Worthington's comment on PC World's statement was simply put' I don't know about HAL but I know i've been bloody HAD'.