Residents living nearby have received an asbestos alert after a factory blaze in Wolverhampton.
Public Health England have urged local residents to keep safe by closing all their windows and doors following the discovery of asbestos.
The discovery came after two large units were gutted in the fire at A.S.H Plastics, Wolverhampton, where asbestos was found to be in the cement roofs.
Authorities became concerned about the asbestos fibers spreading and being inhaled by the public, which is why the safety alert was sent out.
The blaze started on Tuesday evening, 18th October, and firefighters worked throughout the night and into Wednesday to control the fire.
Public Health England, who issued the safety advice said, “The site involved in this fire may have an asbestos-cement roof and it is possible that these materials may have been released in the smoke plume and deposited in ash or debris on nearby properties and streets and over the vicinity.”
“However, this is of no particular health concern as asbestos fibers are not readily released from asbestos containing material (ACM) into the air.”
“The majority of asbestos fibers are trapped within the material.”
Authorities have said that the risks to the health of the public are very low, and that it is highly unlikely anyone would be significantly exposed to asbestos following fires involving asbestos containing materials.
However, people should still be vigilant.
A big clean up operation of the site has been commissioned by Wolverhampton Council.
Any local residents should get in touch with the council if they find any debris or ash as a result of the fire on their property on 01902 551 155, who will then arrange to have it cleaned up.
Likewise, local residents have also been advised to contact their doctor if they begin to experience any symptoms such as breathing difficulties or coughing because of the fire.
Source of article:- www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/asbestos-warning-after-massive-wolverhampton-12047729 by Andy Richardson
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Published Oct 26, 2016