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Rotten food prompts gas leak scare

Published: July 25, 2014 4:00 AM

BERLIN -- 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 city of Braunschweig said that the fire service evacuated an apartment block 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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