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Philadelphia fire house closes because of asbestos concern

The fire house that is home to Ladder 15 and Medic Unit 47 will be closed in order to fix repairs, according to the Philadelphia Fire Department.

The fire department stated that the closure is due to an investigation to a possible asbestos presence on the encasing of some of the older pipes. Asbestos is a toxic material that is known to cause lung cancer, such as mesothelioma and asbestosis.

Asbestos is usually not a threat until it is disturbed. Once it becomes airborne, it can lodge into the lung and metastasize. All of the firefighters and medic members will be transferred to nearby firehouses while their home station is closed. Once all repairs are done, the firehouse will be reopened.

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