Home Smells Like Oil after Accidental Delivery

COAL TOWNSHIP -- A mistaken delivery of home heating oil left a home in Northumberland County soaked with fuel.

The woman who lives there says it's also threatening her health. She is a disabled veteran and may have no choice but to pay for other people's mistakes, especially the one made when she converted from oil heat to electric.

At Danielle Stoud's home near Shamokin, every window in the house is open.

"All you can smell is oil," she said.

The problems started last month while Stoud and her fiancée were visiting relatives 40 minutes away. A heating oil delivery truck came to the home. The driver had been given the wrong address.

The deliveryman pulled his hose up to Stoud's home, opened the receptacle, plugged in the hose, and started pumping heating oil. The oil went through an open-ended pipe, spattering on the basement floor because Stoud had her oil tank removed five years ago.

The manager of Bloom Oil in Coal Township admits it delivered to the wrong home and his crews cleaned up all the oil they could.

But both Bloom Oil and Stoud's own insurance carrier agree that the oil company is not responsible for lingering damage and the fumes.

The state building code holds the homeowner responsible for plugging or removing the receptacle, so something like this doesn't happen.

"How would a common person know this?" Stoud asked.

Stoud would like the man who removed the tank to take responsibility but she has no idea who he is or where he is. She hired him five years ago when he answered her online classified ad.

Stoud says he removed the oil tank for free because he planned to sell it for scrap.

Now she feels stuck in a home where her laundry smells like oil and her air filters don't last long.

"We have to replace them every week to two weeks."

Stoud's house is so permeated with the smell of oil she says it is making her sick.

"I ended up having a throat infection. My ears are clogged. And the first test that I had done is showing slight liver damage. "

Stoud says she and her fiancée are in a tough situation. They had invested $45,000 in fixing up the home before the fuel spill. Now, they believe their home would have little value if they wanted to sell and move.

12 comments

  • Pay for it out of your pocket guy

    Guy Luckenbill, maybe your home should be torn down.

    If you don’t have nice things to say, maybe not say them.

  • JP

    Common sense is what it is all about. Obviously a permit wasn’t pulled from the Township because she wanted to take the cheap way out. Even if I removed the tank myself I wouldn’t have left the fill spout sticking out of my house. She screwed up, now pay for it.

  • MMMM

    “How would a common person know this?” Common sense would tell you so! When you hire someone to do a job that is not qualified then that is on you. She took the cheap way out by doing so. Now she wants to blame everyone else for her mistake. Just like when paying bills or taxes. Just because you did not get bill/taxes in the mail lets you off the hook from paying them. It is YOUR responsibility!

    • Mike M.

      I don’t know I wouldn’t have know that, I would hope who ever you hire would know the rules. How many people had coal bins and till they a coal bin door. And besides you never know, you may some day might want to switch back. The fact of the matter is it is not the home owners fault, she didn’t order the oil and it wan’t even her house.

  • joemama1980

    As a heating and air conditioning contractor I’ve removed many oil tanks and I always remove the fill and vent pipes first to avoid the chance of something like this happening. It’s common sense.

  • Stephen Schwartz

    The oil company should take full responsibility since they were trespassing on private property why did the deliver a toxic hazard to a veterans home.

    • mike jones

      I agree that the oil company should take full responsibility, but why are you asking “why did they deliver a toxic hazard to a veterans home”? The video clearly states they went to the wrong address. Also your English is horrible in both of your post, so I dont blame Charles for calling you uneducated.

  • Christine Arvidson Xander

    why should she pay when they made the mistake they should pay and the clean up as well

  • common sense stuff

    Gotta remove the fill pipe when no longer in service, but insurance should cover full repair especially since she didn’t call for the oil.

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