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September 20, 2018

Asbestos risk is low from Rozelle disaster, residents told

Asbestos risk is low from Rozelle disaster, residents told

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Damien Murphy

Speaking out: A resident addresses a community meeting held on Sunday about the clean-up efforts after the fatal explosion in Darling Street, Rozelle.

Speaking out: A resident addresses a community meeting held on Sunday about the clean-up efforts after the fatal explosion in Darling Street, Rozelle. Photo: James Alcock

The cordoned-off area along Darling Street, Rozelle, is growing smaller as police continue to investigate the explosion and fire that killed three people.

More than 200 people affected by the explosion that tore through the Rozelle convenience store attended a community meeting on Sunday amid growing fears of asbestos contamination.

Police moved to assure residents that the risk was low.

No-go zone: the scene on Sunday as residents and business owners of Balmain and Rozelle await clearance to return to the closed site of last week's explosion in Darling Street.

No-go zone: the scene on Sunday as residents and business owners of Balmain and Rozelle await clearance to return to the closed site of last week’s explosion in Darling Street. Photo: James Alcock

Inspector Gary Coffey told the meeting that no airborne particles had been found by scientists who have been checking the site since the fire on Thursday morning.

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Asbestos risk in Rozelle very low, say Police

Asbestos risk in Rozelle very low, say Police

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Police frustrated as delays cause further chaos

NSW Police have advised that the risk of asbestos exposure at the site of the Rozelle explosion is very low. ;

An accredited hygienist found no evidence of airborne asbestos in the area on Saturday.

However, some asbestos remains within the buildings affected by the fire.

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Asbestos fear at waste plant fire

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Asbestos found in debris samples at warehouse fire site

INDIANAPOLIS –

Marion County health officials have discovered asbestos in debris samples near a vacant factory that burned down Sunday.

They spent Wednesday afternoon cleaning it up and warning neighbors of the danger.

All over Sarah Wiggins’ yard, right near her four-year-old son, Stephen, is dangerous debris that rained down after a factory fire. “She said I can’t touch this stuff,” said Stephen.

“I told him. I said it’s dangerous. It’ll hurt him,” Wiggins said. “I really don’t want my son out in it until it’s better.”

The Marion County Health Department, after testing samples on Monday, discovered debris from the Van Buren Street fire at an abandoned warehouse tested positive for asbestos – a lung hazard if inhaled by neighbors.

“It’s really thin, paper-like material, kind of a white or, after the fire, a gray-black, and so that’s what we’re looking for,” explained Marion County Health Department supervisor Jeff Larmore.

Members of the health department spent Wednesday afternoon, scouring the yards along East Calhoun Street, picking up the pieces that could pose a danger. They wet it down, then with masks and gloves, put the debris in bags to take away.

They also warned neighbors not to touch this stuff. Call the Health Department if you find it, or take precautions.

Health department officials plan to return to the area on Thursday.

“Just wet it like we’re doing. Just keeping it wet just minimizes the risk. Put on some gloves, put it in a seal able bag and then hold onto it, call us and we’ll come pick the bag up,” Larmore explained.

The area affected is relatively small – just a couple of blocks – unlike asbestos debris from the Belmont Avenue fire, which covered miles of neighborhoods.

But the danger is real, which is why Sarah Wiggins is protecting her son and keeping her family safe.

“It just scared me,” Wiggins said.

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Thunderbird Hotel Owner Fined For Asbestos Violations In Fire Cleanup

Ten months after a major hotel fire in North Portland, state regulators have fined the hotel’s owners over problems with the demolition and cleanup.

The Thunderbird Hotel on Hayden Island erupted in flames last September. Work crews cleaned it up in the weeks that followed.

But Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality has fined the hotel owners more than $29,000 for not properly dealing with asbestos at the site.

Esther Westbrook with DEQ says, “By having workers do the demolition, rather than having an asbestos abatement contractor come in and remove all of that asbestos – the companies saved around $8000.”

Westbrook says the owner can’t claim ignorance — because Thunderbird’s operators received an asbestos report in 2006, showing where asbestos was on the property.

The fire remains under investigation.

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