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Gas line in basement ash pit

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Not a problem in an of itself but you have several huge issues hidden in there.

-There is an exposed gas vent connector rotted through leaking combustion fumes. This should be encased in a masonry sleeve or B-vent then attach properly to the terra cotta heater flue. The heater flue must be separated from the fireplace by a nominal 4" wythe wall meaning you should never be able to see the heater flue from an ash pit.

-you have combustible plywood forms under the hearth. It all must be torn out and rebuilt.

This is a major expense to repair! That heater can kill someone and should have been shut down and red tagged on the spot. I strongly suggest you call the Realtor immediately then send a Certified letter return receipt informing them of the hazard and consequences.

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