Killeen: Homes Fill With Smoke From Toilets, Drains

By: Kristin Gordon Email
By: Kristin Gordon Email

KILLEEN (January 22, 2013)--Killeen firefighters were called out this afternoon after several residents on Rose Avenue saw smoke in their homes, which appeared to be coming from toilets and sink drains in bathrooms and kitchens.

The City of Killeen issued notices a few days ago that smoke testing would be done on sewage pipes to check for leaks on Rose Avenue.

The good news was that no smoke came up from the sewage drains in the street, but the bad news was that smoke did come up through drains in homes, causing some alarm.

Firefighters went door-to-door running tests to check oxygen levels and carbon monoxide levels.

They also used a thermal imaging camera to look for any abnormal heat sources and made sure there were no hot spots in attics.

Adrianna Williams received a call from her sister that there was smoke in her house.

When Williams got to the house she said smoke was "billowing" and "thick" and was not sure what it was.

Williams remembered receiving a letter from the city a few days ago that was stuck to her door saying that some testing was going to be done, but she said the letter didn't really get into specifics of the testing and said only that "there could be some smoke" and to "not be alarmed."

Williams said that she saw police and firefighters down the road and thought it might be a good idea to get them to check out her house.

"Especially since one of my neighbors said there was a gas leak in someone's home," Williams said.

"They accommodated me and put my fears to rest and I feel a lot better," she said.

She is just wondering how long it going to take for the smoky haze to clear out.

"We have been running the fans and everything for some time," she said.

"(It) Makes me feel uncomfortable and I hope it leaves rather quickly."

Firefighters said the city has been performing this test in other areas for about two weeks and will continue testing on other streets in Killeen.

They also said that the city basically hooks up a hose from their pick-up truck to the sewage pipe and blows "stage smoke" to look for leaks coming from pipes underneath streets.

"(It) seems like there should be another way, a better way," Williams said.

"Perhaps the letter (from the City of Killeen) should be a little bit more detailed so that people aren't alarmed."

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