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Four Siberians 'killed by fumes of rotten potatoes'

By The Siberian Times reporter
20 January 2014

Toxic gas kills workers at vegetable warehouse in Krasnoyarsk.

If confirmed, it would be the second time within a year that four people have died from the lethal fumes of potatoes. Picture: vm.ru

One woman was among the dead after they picked through a pile of stored potatoes in the Siberian city. The owner let the group work with the potatoes but when he came back to check a few hours later, they were all dead. 

'There was a strong smell of spoiled tubers, which gives grounds to believe that the deaths were caused by a toxic substance released by rotting potatoes' said a statement by Russia's Investigative Committee, equivalent of the FBI.

If confirmed, it would be the second time within a year that four people have died from the lethal fumes of potatoes. In August last year a family of four was killed in Tatarstan from the noxious gases of potatoes. Maria Chelysheva lost her father, mother, brother and grandmother who were killed one by one after entering a cellar where they stored potatoes for winter.

Comments (3)

That's sad. I never knew this
Karen, Canada
03/11/2018 17:10
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I do believe they are toxic and also that home-made 'firewater' (Horilka) is made from them. Heard this from my relatives in Ukraine.
Valya , Scotland
24/01/2014 15:05
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I never heard of potato fumes being that toxic. Awful
Cath, NZ
20/01/2014 08:33
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