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Chemical odor in freezer

We had a severe thunderstorm the other night - lighting was vey close and actully blew a breaker for our kitchen outlets. Since that time our freezer has acquired a very strong chemical odor. The refrigerator also has some odor, but not near as strong as the freezer. We have placed thermometors in the fridge & freezer and the temperatures are remaining as they should, but the smell in the freezer is very strong, we have emptied all the food out at this time..

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    A burnt wire insulation smell

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Can you verify the odor. Does the odor smell like burnt wire insulation or of that of burnt meat?

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