NEWS Gas scare has ho­tel guests on the street

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - RAPHAELLA SAROUKOS

GUESTS were evac­u­ated from the in­fa­mous Argus Apart­ments last night af­ter an at­tempted gas ex­plo­sion.

Around 5.30am guests va­cated apart­ments af­ter a man un­screwed the com­plex’s gas bot­tles.

Ade­laide tourist Tash said guests were more sleepy than scared.

“It was a bit of a shock wak­ing up in the morn­ing to the alarm,” she said.

“We were all just tired, we’d gone down the stairs and every­one was still asleep.

“We were hop­ing it was a false alarm. I asked one old guy, a care­taker who said a man has gone through and turned all the gas bot­tles on. You could smell the gas.

“Every­one lined up to go back into the lift and the smell of the gas was re­ally bad. Even when we left it was still there.”

She said guests were gath­ered fur­ther down the street where they could hear the of­fender scream­ing in a paddy wagon.

“He was coco loco, not just a nor­mal, av­er­age guy,” she said.

It wasn’t the first dis­tur­bance at the apart­ment block yesterday morn­ing.

Po­lice were called to break up a fight in an­other room.

“Com­ing up there were of­fi­cers and paramedics in the room that had the fights,” she said. “We got home at 1am so we were obliv­i­ous.”

She said while her stay was mostly pleas­ant, she might look for a more quiet spot next time .

“What a weird ho­tel,” she said.

“Dar­win is strange in its own lit­tle way, any­way.”

NT Po­lice were con­tacted for com­ment.

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