Following last week’s blaze at the Royster Clark Fertilizer plant in Lynchburg, fire investigation officers have confirmed that a good deal of asbestos was found at the site. Fire officers conducted an on-site investigation after the plant went up in flames a week ago.

The Lynchburg Fire Marshall stated: “There was a lot of asbestos all throughout the site.” After the fire samples from the site were tested, and according to officials over fifty percent of these samples contained asbestos. Worryingly, over half of the samples that tested positive for asbestos contained over 75% of the deadly substance.

Officials have confirmed that the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but no further work is taking place at the actual site. He added that people living close to the plant are not in danger as a result of the asbestos providing they did not enter the actual site.

Asbestos is a potentially deadly substance, which is a known carcinogenic and can cause various health problems including a form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

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