Sometimes ignorance or not being cautious can be lethal.
Most single-family homes are equipped with cellars. Having this kind of room is very convenient as it can store lots of things that are not used on a daily basis. In addition, due to the fact that it maintains its coolness, it is a great place to store preserves or wine.
This Russian family, the Chelysheva’s, also owned a house with a basement. The room underneath the surface of the house served the family primarily as a cellar, but they also kept potatoes there in the winter. For 8-year-old Maria this place wasn’t too nice so she tried to avoid it.
One day, her father went down to the basement for potatoes. He was down there long enough to arouse suspicion, so the worried mother went down there to see what was going on with her husband. Unfortunately, she also disappeared without a trace, and people kept going down to the basement one after another.
What happened in the Russian house? Why did the entire family almost die? You’ll find the answers on the following pages.