What’s that odor?

Rappahannock News - - FRONT PAGE - — John Mc­Caslin

Three Rap­pa­han­nock County fam­i­lies have been placed in tem­po­rary shel­ter by the Amer­i­can Red Cross await­ing the out­come of wa­ter sam­ple test­ing from their in­di­vid­ual apart­ments near Massies Corner.

“We’ve got three fam­i­lies out,” said Art Can­den­quist, the county’s in­terim emer­gency man­age­ment co­or­di­na­tor. “It’s the first time in a while that we’ve had dis­placed fam­i­lies in Rap­pa­han­nock County.”

The prob­lem, if in­deed there turns out to be one, sur­rounds an un­usual odor that brought lo­cal fire and res­cue from Wash­ing­ton, Amissville, and Flint Hill to the com­plex not once, but twice last Satur­day.

Both emer­gency calls were for the re­ported odor of nat­u­ral gas.

It was dur­ing the sec­ond re­sponse that po­ten­tially pos­i­tive read­ings were mea­sured by fire­fight­ers, but only when de­tec­tors were ad­ja­cent to the var­i­ous wa­ter out­lets in the apart­ments.

“Some­times this oc­curs nat­u­rally,” the emer­gency man­ager noted. “We’ll find out when the test­ing is com­plete. But these are wa­ter is­sues. There is no ex­plo­sive sit­u­a­tion.”

Wa­ter sam­ples were taken and sent to Culpeper on Tues­day and test­ing should be com­pleted by the end of this week. In the mean­time, the fam­i­lies have been ad­vised to re­main in the tem­po­rary hous­ing.

“The Hills­dale store re­mains open,” Can­den­quist stressed, “but its kitchen for now is closed.”

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