Cause for mysterious fumes determined

March 14, 2009 3:23:41 PM PDT
Relief is in sight for residents in Roxborough as an apparent cause has been determined for the fumes that have surrounded the area of the 200 block of Pensdale Street.Residents in the area first complained of petroleum fumes backing up into their homes last Sunday, but the problem intensified on Wednesday.

A meeting took place today at 231 Pensdale Street. Water department officials explained to residents that a cause has been pinpointed.

The source of the leak is from a basement heater one block over on the 200 block of Jamestown Street.

The owner of the residence had not been home for a while, but when he saw the flyers distributed by the water department urging residents to call the hotline number if they knew anything, he did so right away.

It was determined that the oil tank in the heater leaked in the basement and found its way into the soil and into the sewer lines.

The PA DEP is now in the process of cleaning up what has had many residents in the area on edge.

Next week, the Health Department agreed to distribute air monitors and all residents are advised to put fans in their basements and rags under doors so fumes do not travel throughout their house.

The water department said it is key for residents to keep their homes ventilated.

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