Rotting potato fumes suspected in four deaths

Jan. 18, 2014 at 4:28 PM

MOSCOW, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Investigators in Russia said they suspect fumes from rotting potatoes are to blame for the death of four people at a Siberian food warehouse.

The Jan. 10 incident began when the warehouse owner gave a woman and her three friends permission to pick through a pile of vegetables that were set to be discarded.

When he came back to check on them several hours later they were dead, RIA Novosti reported.

"There is a strong smell of spoiled tubers, which gives grounds to believe that the deaths were caused by a toxic substance released by rotting potatoes," a police report states.

No precise cause of death has been announced.

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