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Four Siberians 'killed by fumes of rotten potatoes'

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20 January 2014

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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)

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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That's sad. I never knew this
Karen, Canada
03/11/2018 17:10
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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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