Search continues for source of toxic fumes in house NORTH -- Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

October 28, 1992

Hazardous material control teams from the Maryland Department of the Environment continued their search yesterday for the source of toxic benzene fumes discovered leaking into the basement of a house in the 3400 block of View Ridge Circle on Monday.

High levels of the dangerous fumes were found coming from a crack between the foundation and the floor of the home of Charles J. Ehrenfeld Jr.

He and his wife were evacuated from the house overnight by county health officials.

Mr. Ehrenfeld and his wife told fire department officials they had smelled a gasoline-like odor in the house for several weeks and the smell had been getting worse until it became overpowering Monday, said Lineboro Fire Chief John L. Krebs.

The Ehrenfelds could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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