I hope she's not gonna burn it down for the insurance money.
August 16, 2011 6:30 PM Subscribe
Neighbor's car smell like it has a gasoline leak. What to do?
posted by brevator to Human Relations (19 answers total)
The other night I came home to find my wife had opened all the windows and turned on all the fans. She told me that our neighbor's car had a gas leak and that our entire backyard and parts of our house stunk like gasoline. We share a driveway with this neighbor, so it's easy for the fumes to waft right over. My wife talked to the neighbor who claimed that it wasn't dangerous and that we shouldn't worry. No explanation was given as to how she knew that it wasn't dangerous.
Tonight we came home and it's the same situation. Backyard stinks like gasoline. My initial thought was to call the fire inspector, but I figured I might as well talk to the neighbor about it one more time. I tried to keep it very non-accusatory- kept it to "I" statements- "I'm concerned about this gas leak" etc. She got really defensive, stated that it's not a gas leak and that it's just the way the car smells when it's out of gas. She also claims that she'll be "out of our hair" soon anyway (her house is for sale, though I think she may be foreclosed on).
My basic feeling is that if I can smell the gas, and the fumes are the most combustible part of gas, then this is a dangerous situation.
Am I correct about this being dangerous?
Is it possible that she's right and that this is just the way her car smells when it's out of gas?
Should I call the fire inspector?
Thanks in advance.