This doesnt make sense.
There should ALWAYS be residual fuel pressure in the line - enough to start the car for sure.
Perhaps all that time you were smelling fuel, you had a fuel leak (very dangerous) and either a relay, pump or fuse has bit the dust and the leak has let out enough pressure to not allow the car to start.
As someone above has said, get the smell checked out immediately - then diagnose.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.