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Foul odor forces courthouse evacuation in W.Va.

March 15, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A dreadful stench led to the evacuation of about 30 workers from the Berkeley County Courthouse Friday afternoon.

The trouble started as workers began repairing a drain pipe on a sink in the prosecutor's office. The pipe crumbled and out came "an awful smell,'' said Berkeley County Commission President Jim Smith.

Courthouse workers were allowed to leave the building while Martinsburg Fire Department firefighters sprayed a deodorant to combat the collecting sewage gas, Smith said.


"You can't ask people to work in that circumstance," Smith said.

Smith said about $150,000 has been set aside this year to correct problems with the piping in the courthouse. He said there is also concern that the building's electrical system is overloaded.

The pipes in the basement of the courthouse at the corner of King and Queen Streets didn't leak, but may not be vented properly, Smith said.

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