For the past week or so we have been smelling a gas type smell. We were checking the oven, the electrical box, electrical outlets and anything else that might be the cause. We found nothing. One evening, Brian was putting on a DVD and the TV wouldn't work...well that was because the plug had been fried into the surge protector. We have had so many brown outs lately and it was probably during one of those that this happened. The wooden cabinet that the TV is in was blackened too. We're so thankful that a fire never started. We have been extra careful about unplugging appliances and watching for brown outs.