Asbestos discovery could slow down warehouse fire investigation

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Federal investigators are now sifting through the rubble at the site of that massive warehouse fire on Belmont Avenue.

The fire broke out Saturday and proved to be a real battle for all of the responding fire fighters.

Local Homeland Security officials tell us they have since found asbestos on scene, so more protective gear is a must. The discovery might also slow down the investigation, which is expected to take a minimum of seven to 10 days.

“The ATF investigators and our fire investigators are equipped with respirators and they would prefer not to wear them because it’s much easier to work with something not on your face but their health is a priority for us,” said Captain Rita Burris.

Asbestos exposure risks for nearby homeowners have been described as “minimal”.

EPA air quality test results are expected to be released Wednesday.

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