Students evacuated after neighbours cooked world’s hottest chilli

Students had to be evacuated from their homes when a neighbour started cooking the world’s spiciest chili with the world’s spiciest sauce.

Panicked youngsters on Mauldeth Road in Fallowfield called in firefighters as fumes from the stove spread to neighbouring properties – and convinced them there had been a gas leak.

But after fleeing their homes they discovered that the source of the problem was the spicy recipe being cooked up next door.

Four homes on the road had to fumigated after the incident on Thursday, October 29.

Terri Moran, 19, had been enjoying drinks with friends at her home ahead of a night of Halloween festivities on Mauldeth Road, Fallowfield, when two of them were taken ill.

Fearing a gas leak they ran into the street and saw other people were also coming out of other houses.

She said: “We thought it’s got to be a gas leak, nothing else came to mind. We ran out of the house.

“We then saw the house behind us and another on our left that were doing the same thing.

“Everyone was quite scared because chilli never came to our mind and the only thought was a gas leak.

“I rang 111 and they said to ring 999. I said: ‘We don’t know what’s going on, we think there’s been a gas leak or maybe a burst pipe.’

“They told me to get everyone out of the house.”

Second year criminology and sociology student Terri said the fire brigade arrived on the scene quickly. She added: “We were quite panicky and the fire-fighters calmed us down. They came out of the house coughing and had to put gas masks on before going back in.

“They got a big industrial fan to ventilate all the houses one-by-one and opened all the door and windows.”

She said fire-fighters told her the case was the ‘weirdest they had dealt with in 20 years’.

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Man in hospital after eating three chicken wings doused in ‘world’s hottest chili pepper’ sauce

Aman was rushed to hospital, suffering from severe stomach pains, after eating three chicken wings doused in sauce made from what is thought to be the world’s hottest chili pepper.

Mark McNeil, 36, was hoping to be able to eat ten of the chicken wings to win a competition.

Despite being given advice at the University Hospital of North Tees for severe stomach pain, he is looking to try again in the competition which is held at The George on Stockton High Street.

The pepper in the sauce is the Carolina Reaper chilli which rates between 1.5m and 2.2m on the Scoville heat unit scale.

This makes the pepper the hottest in the world.

The challenge which caused him the pain is to eat ten of the spicy wings in ten minutes – then you are not allowed to drink for five minutes.

Winners get a full £9.95 refund – but no one has yet managed to receive that lavish prize.

The challenge was launched on Tuesday this week, and not one person has managed to choke down more than three of the wings.

Before undertaking the challenge, everyone has to sign a disclaimer.

The pub manager, Craig Harker has said no-one who had been drinking alcohol would be allowed to do it under any circumstances, and only people who had thought seriously about undertaking the challenge should even consider it.

Mr McNeil said: “The first wing went down okay, a bit tingling. I had another two and it was just overwhelming. A burning sensation. I had loads of milk and ate loads of cucumbers, tomatoes, anything to dull the pain.

“After about an hour and a half the pain was too much. I had to leave work early and go to hospital. The staff were very professional but I could tell they were kind of joking as well when I told them.”

Carolina Reaper: 5 facts about the world’s hottest chilli

The Carolina Reaper comes from the Capsicum chinense species of chilli pepper and gets in the Guinness Book of Records at 1.5 million Scovilles – the measurement scale of how spicy a chilli gets.
The scale is named after its creator, American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville and it counts how much of a natural chemical called capsaicin is in each type of pepper.

Five hot chilli facts

* The Carolina Reaper is so strong, you’re supposed to wear gloves when you hold it.
* The Carolina Reaper chilli is 400 times more spicy than the tasty Jalapeno peppers you can get on pizzas, which only rate a chilly 3,500 on the Scoville scale.
* It’s the same species as the famously fiery Scotch bonnet chilli which is often used in West Indian cooking.
* It’s not the seeds that make a chilli spicy, it’s the white flesh nearest to the seeds that give it its kick
* Only mammals feel the heat of a chilli, they don’t affect birds at all!