water heater leaking into gas flame area
The most energy efficient gas water heaters have an enclosed chamber for the burner that you have to unscrew a panel to see inside. This may also result in slow drying out if water got inside.
After you are sure that the burner area is dried out, try to relight the pilot and start the heater using its usual instructions.
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