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Police station evacuated due to mold

February 16, 2010
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BUFFALO, NY — Police and employees were ordered to evacuate the D-District precinct station after tests showed mold and poor air quality in the building, according to WGRZ-TV.
According to the story, Buffalo Common Council Member Joe Golombek says there are complaints about the station from as early as 1997 and at least 10 officers have been diagnosed with various illnesses — including cancer and chest infections — over the past decade.

The department hired a professional cleaning company to remove more than three feet of standing water in the basement, clean air ducts and assess for any additional damage, the story stated.

Dr. Stanley Schwartz pointed out that it was too early to tell if the illnesses were linked to the presence of mold, saying "When one sees a variety of different cancers showing up at a particular site it makes you question is that mold related or is it just a blip that occurs. There are these statistical blips that occur, you have these outbreaks of cancer or infections in a particular area and it''s a statistical fluke."

The police have moved temporarily to a closed school while remediation takes place at the 14-year-old building, the story added.

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