A woman has discovered an abandoned cellar dating back to the 1900s filled with food beneath her carpet, after she lifted up the flooring in her new apartment.
Kira Wennerstrom was setting up her new thrift store, Bee Thrifty, in South Colorado, which came with an apartment in the back.
Wennerstrom had been sharing videos to her TikTok page, as she excitedly renovated the flat and got her shop ready. But as she lifted up the dated flooring with a view to replacing it, she came across a trap door.
The flooring underneath appeared to be patterned linoleum, which had a ring pull handle on one end, which she lifted up to reveal a set of stairs going down. The old wooden steps, covered in dust and debris, lead down to a door, partially blocked by piles of dirt.
Wennerstrom said in the on-screen captions: “We lifted up the carpet in my fixer-upper apartment and… should I go inside?”
The clip, which can be viewed here, was posted on Thursday and simply captioned: “C. 1900s cellar.” It has since amassed more than 6.5 million views, as people urged her to explore the space.
Despite the door appearing to be ajar, Wennerstrom confirmed due to the dirt piles it was “jammed shut,” as she added in the comments: “I’m actually so terrified of how old it is and angry spirits, so I really don’t want to do this.
“The building has been vacant for at least five years. Maybe someone was down there, but it’s clearly been forgotten about for a while.
“Like this apartment was from the 1900s. I was starting to redo the floor and this is so damn scary.”
True to her word she returned to the cellar, and enlisted her dad’s help to shift the blockage surrounding the door. A second video, which racked up a million views alone, was shared on Friday and captioned: “1900s cellar under my apartment.”
“Okay you animals I got my flashlight and a shovel and we dug out the door. There’s a lot of dirt blocking the door and it took a while. But we got the door just open enough to squeeze through,” she said, finally filming the interior of the small room.
There are shelves lined with jars and tins, while cardboard boxes are also filled with cans.
She explained: “I’m not sure what it was built for in the 1900s originally, but it seems like from the 50s through the 70s it was used for canning. It definitely isn’t a crawl space as the building didn’t originally have electricity. But I definitely don’t want to come back down here alone.
“I didn’t necessarily get bad vibes down here but I 100 percent feel unwanted in my dad’s 1800s building. Since you guys seem to like these old buildings, I’ll show you through there later. I’ll also come back down here soon and open up all these boxes.”
As promised she returned with her dad later that day to go through the numerous cans and jars, as he held one up to the camera saying “potted meat food product,” joking “mmm yummy.”
In a third video, he looked through the tins with the flashlight, with her dad spotting some dates on the lids, as he announced: “1979.”
“Hang on, now these are the really old ones,” he says, reaching for some jars, as he adds: “Figs. Figs 1979.” You can clearly see the year scrawled in handwriting across the top, as joked again “mmm yummy,” while filming the contents, which look dark and shriveled.
Due to the interest in her cellar, Wennerstrom shared another video, as she went through more foodstuffs left behind.
She told viewers: “I went back down to check all the cans and food like you said, unfortunately there was no money in any of the [indiscernible] can. And let me just say ya’ll so wild for wanting me to eat this.
“Like I’m pretty adventurous, I would try some of it but I’m sorry look at this, the liquid is gone. There’s no way this was canned properly. I’d be getting botulism, this is nasty. I don’t know, I just really don’t want to get sick.”
She captioned the video: “Still have a lot to explore down there, but here’s a little update.”
And in the comments added: “I’m not looking forward to clearing it all out. It’s going to be so much damn work.”
Separate clips on her page gave viewers an entire house tour, as she gushed: “As you can see I have a lot of work to do with this apartment, these bugs are from all the trees nearby so we have a lot of sealing to do.
“I’m excited to learn the process on how to redo apartments, and I think we can make it into a really cozy place.”
Wennerstrom’s original video has amassed thousands of comments, as people shared their thoughts on the extra square footage she uncovered.
Angela Danielles joked: “You put the carpet back down and move.”
“Did you not watch The Conjuring?!” Emily asked, referencing the movie.
Although MellyMoo thought: “Imagine fairy lights, bean bags and walls of books. Give it new good vibes down there.”
While ClaireMcCartan941 commented: “I don’t scare easily but this sent my anxiety through the roof. Please don’t go down there.”
Newsweek reached out to Wennerstrom for comment.