Asbestos-containing apartment complex set on fire in South CarolinaA massive asbestos-containing apartment complex in Rock Hill, South Carolina, was recently set on fire and now has just one level rather than the original two, reports WSOC Charlotte, a local television station.
According to the news provider, investigators believe the abandoned complex was intentionally set on fire, as it is the second such blaze at the former Midtown Apartments in the last month.
The fires may pose a health risk to nearby residents as the complex, which was built in the 1960s, contains asbestos in its walls, the news source said. The buildings are currently being demolished and asbestos is being removed prior to such demolitions, but police say that the two buildings that were set on fire still contained asbestos.
State officials told the news source that there is an asbestos exposure risk due to the fires, but it is not certain how high the risk is.
"Without proper testing and air monitoring equipment, we really can't know the danger at this time," said South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control spokesman Adam Myrick.
Exposure to asbestos has been proven to cause lung cancer, asbestosis and malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer.
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