Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

EPA Testing for Asbestos around Site of Warehouse Fire

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

EPA Testing for Asbestos around Site of Warehouse Fire

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Potentially harmful smoke no longer poses a threat to St. Louis residents in the plume from Wednesday's warehouse inferno, but officials are testing to see whether debris that now litters some nearby areas contains asbestos.

Environmental Protection Agency personnel and contractors were gathering samples Friday along blocks of Park Avenue and 39th Street next to the collapsed remains of Park Warehouse Service.

"There's a lot of material that departed that building in the fire," said Heath Smith, a federal on-scene coordinator for EPA. "Our job is to collect samples and see if there is or isn't asbestos in it."

Smith said test results confirming the presence or absence of asbestos would be available Monday, if not sooner.

Smith said the charred, localized debris does not necessarily present a hazard, but advised nearby residents "to leave it be" until further notice, if they come across the material. …

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