- Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:53 pm
My family took a long vacation back to the states to see extended family this summer. I left first with the kids and then my wife followed two weeks later. I was told by my neighbor that there was a large storm that came through the day after my wife left to join us in the states. Meaning, that is when power went out in our house. Meaning that for 20 days our refrigerator did not run. Meaning when I came back home we had food in it that sat rotting in summer heat for 20 days!!!
When I opened the doors, I was darn near knocked on my arse by the stench. No kidding, I estimate that there were 20k-30k maggots inside it. They were on and in virtually everything that wasn't vacuum packed. There was one spot on the side wall that was covered in a solid mass of maggots about the size of a large brown mailing envelope that fit unfolded 8.5"x11" paper sheets. That one spot alone probably had a few thousand maggots. In the freezer there were some meat and fish items that were vacuum packed and they had blown up like the Goodyear blimp. And the mold too. Good lord. Some of the vegetable that were in it had liquefied almost entirely.
I had to disassemble every single screw (literally) and remove everything except for the evaporator coil in it to clean out all the maggots and slime in it. The refrigerator has been sitting outside for one week, with the doors open, with baking soda lining all the flat surfaces in an attempt to remove the rancid food/maggot smell. No dice so far on that. I think three weeks of rancid food may have wrecked our fridge.
In Italy AND in our house WITH our household goods shipment. Yea!