Ironically, just as Bob had all but given up, I got a telephone call from the woman who used to rent the house. Apparently, we never switched the service into our name, and she never called to discontinue the service in her name...I am sure you see where this is headed.
Yep, you guessed it! The gas had been turned off. I am sure they had sent several warnings to the previous renter, but she has been in and out of the hospital, and did not receive the information - I guess.
So, Friday afternoon at 5pm, I was on the phone with Dominion customer service. We established our new account, paid the $575 from her bill - not too bad for a cold winter and keeping the crew toasty in the basement, and arranged for the gas to be turned back on.
A gas company representative was out yesterday as promised. We have HEAT, the humidity in the house is gone. All is well - for now.