Residents evacuated after asbestos contamination discovered at apartment complex

25 Jun 2018 by under News

800px Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 2 100x100 Residents evacuated after asbestos contamination discovered at apartment complexResidents of a 12-unit West Hollywood, California, apartment complex were escorted out of their homes and forced to leave everything behind after an asbestos contamination was confirmed in their building, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD). More than 15 residents who were shuffled out had to be formally decontaminated by firefighters.

AQMD, working off an anonymous tip, found debris left in a common area hallway on the ground floor of the complex, where a contracting crew was doing renovations in a recently vacated unit. Current residents had to pass by the -containing debris to go in and out of the apartment building’s side door.

When apartment management failed to comply with a notice about the issue, Los Angeles Fire Department hazmat and health officials cleared the building. The American Red Cross gave displaced residents hotel vouchers while crews renovate and remove asbestos from their units. But residents were given no timeline as to when they can return to their homes.

Residents say the apartments had popcorn ceilings, which they believe is one source of the asbestos. Asbestos was commonly used in building materials in construction prior to 1980.

The mineral contains microscopic fibers that, if they become airborne, can be inhaled or swallowed and in time lead to , a rare but deadly form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs or other internal organs.

One longtime resident reportedly has had trouble with asthma for years and has been admitted to the ER several times in the past several months for uncontrolled coughing.

Source: NBC Los Angeles

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