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FIRE EMERGENCY FAILS TO ALARM DOUGLAS

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Kirk Douglas was downplaying his movie hero image and talking about his new book when a fire alarm created some live-action adventure.

Douglas was in the middle of a newspaper interview last week in Chicago when an intercom in his 16th-floor hotel suite suddenly came alive."Remain calm and stay where you are," came the repeated warning over the intercom.

"Sure," Douglas told his interviewer from the Chicago Tribune. "Remain calm. The ladders are outside the windows; don't look down."

The warning turned out to be a false alarm.

Douglas, 73, was in town to plug his first novel, "Dance With the Devil." The actor's autobiography, "The Ragman's Son," was made into a movie, and Douglas played himself.