A 64-YEAR-OLD’S home in Birkby is emitting a strange smell that has left even environmental health officers stumped as to its cause.
The stench, described by Josephine Gilbert as a mix of smoke and perfume, is making her feel ill and she is now calling on Examiner readers to help her solve the mystery so that she can enjoy living in her home again.
Josephine first noticed the smell in her 100-year-old home, at Tanfield Road, in May and says it has been running through the house ever since.
She said: “The smell is everywhere, in the living room and my bedroom, and it has been getting worse.
“It’s made me really ill, I’ve been getting headaches and dizzy spells and my eyes are so sore all the time.
“I’ve been to my GP, but she said it was an environmental problem not a health problem and she could only give me eye drops and antihistamine tablets.
“It’s awful and I’m having trouble sleeping at night because of the smell.”
The pensioner has contacted Kirklees Environmental Health officers on several occasions, who have visited the property but have so far been unable to detect where the smell is coming from.
Josephine said: “They have been really good and have been round a few times, but they have been unable to say where it’s coming from.
“They suggested it might be black lime used in the building when it was built, but because they haven’t been able to detect anything they can’t come up with a solution.
“The smell is definitely there – a friend of mine can also smell it – and I’ve looked at everything I can think of that might be causing it.
“I’ve looked in the fridge and things I’m using, but there’s nothing that could be causing that smell, so I don’t think it’s coming from my house.
“I’ve lived in this house for 40 years and I’ve never experienced anything like this before.
“The problem seems to be worse at nights and weekends”.
Frustrated Josephine is appealing to Examiner readers to get in touch if they think they can help solve the riddle of the mystery smell.
She said: “It’s driving me mad and I’m at my wit’s end because I don’t know what to do about it.
“I need help so if there’s any kind Examiner readers that can help me resolve the problem I will be very grateful.”