Health officials release results of air samples taken after warehouse fire

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—The Marion County Public Health Department released the results of air samples collected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency following the large warehouse fire last week on the city’s west side.

The samples collected were tested for chemicals and asbestos over a period of several hours.

Test results indicated no presence of asbestos fibers in the air, which EPA officials announced Wednesday. However, results did show low levels of the metals lead and zinc, as well as the polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons naphthalene and phenanthrene.

EPA officials did detect higher levels of the aromatic chemical benzene at a site near the fire. However, testing conducted at a nearby neighborhood indicated there was nothing but particulate matter, also known as particle pollution.