Thursday, December 26, 2013
A third round of asbestos testing took place Friday on the debris pile created by the Sept. 25 fire that destroyed a large part of the waterfront portion of the 700 block of Front Street.
The testing, mandated by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, must take place before the debris can be removed from the site.
Traces of asbestos were found in late October.
Myra Reece, chief of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s (DHEC) Bureau of Air Quality, said it was at first thought the asbestos was confined to the roofing and flooring materials but early testing showed it may be in other areas.
Jeanette Ard, owner of Colonial Floral Fascinations which was leveled by the fire, said the testing is being done to isolate where any asbestos may be located. The areas that are determined to be asbestos free can be cleaned up, she said.
Ard said once the all clear is given, she plans to have the debris on her property loaded onto trucks and moved to another location where she can sort through it to save the good bricks and any other valuables that may be buried in the rubble.
The testing is being conducted by Carolina Asbestos Abatement Inc. of Florence.