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Smell from heat vents, dead battery and brake light

Weird smell coming from vents of 2001 Toyota Camry. Started about a week ago with an odd humid smell, similar to what you'd smell when you go to a pool, but not exactly. Smell would come and go and only when the heat was on. This morning I used my command start to warm it up, when I went to jump in to leave I noticed it didn't seem like the fan was blowing as much as it should and the dash lights looked a little dim. Then I noticed my battery light was on and the stink was pretty strong. I just put in a new alternator and battery a few months ago. Around the same time I installed the new alternator/battery, my e-brake light started coming on sporadically. If the temps were warmer it would turn off then on occasionally as I was driving. The colder it got, the more constant the light was on. Is this 3 seperate issues (battery, smell, brake light)? Or are they related?

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