Building Evacuated Over Smelly Fridge

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Emergency officials called to check out a suspected gas leak in Germany found a culprit they didn’t expect: a fridge full of rotting food.

Police in the central city of Braunschweig said Thursday that the fire service evacuated an apartment block in the city Wednesday night after being alerted to the smell of gas by a resident.

They then searched for the source and traced it to a fridge in the apartment of the 35-year-old woman who had alerted authorities. It wasn’t plugged in and was full of rotting food.

Residents were allowed back into their apartments after half an hour.

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  • The first step in preventing a gas leak is ongoing maintenance for any existing gas appliances such as boilers, water heaters or stoves. Periodically these should be checked to ensure that they are in proper working order and that all connections and gas lines are secured to prevent a leak. When a repair is needed or suggested it is critical that this be done immediately and by a professional.

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