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    Tustin Follow-Up Study Finds No Asbestos or Lead Contamination Caused by Hangar Fire

    Tustin Follow-Up Study Finds No Asbestos or Lead Contamination Caused by Hangar Fire

    A follow-up study of homes near the Tustin hangar fire found no lead or asbestos contamination in people's yards and interior areas that could be attributed to the blaze that broke out in November and destroyed a historic World War II blimp hangar, according to officials.

    The city-commissioned study tested a sampling of 50 homes near the hangar for asbestos and lead in residences' soil, dust and . Another 30 homes similar in construction and age in Santa Ana and Irvine – outside of the fire's impact area – were tested as a control group.

    The fire affected more than 1,500 homes in the surrounding area and crews spent weeks clearing debris from streets, parks and residences.

    No asbestos fibers were detected above screening levels in any of the homes, according to recently discussed results of the follow-up study.

    One home in Tustin tested above screening levels for lead in an indoor dust sample. Brian Hitchens, a hydrogeologist with Geosyntec consultants, which completed the study, told the City Council during an overview of the results that there was no evidence the lead in the dust sample came from the fire and that it was an older home.

    Three homes in Santa Ana also tested at above-screening levels for lead in a dust sample. The homeowners were notified of the results.

    Lead was used in gasoline for cars in California until 1992, Hitchens said. Also, homes built before 1978 likely used lead-based paint, according to…

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