Mold delays firefighters' return to Calif. firehouse

The station is expected to remain closed until Jan. 1, 2015, while the district has its heating and air conditioning systems cleaned


Contra Costa Times

KNIGHTSEN, Calif. — East Contra Costa Fire District crews will be staying at their home-away-from-home in Brentwood longer than originally expected now that officials have learned that mold also has contaminated the Knightsen station.

The district originally moved its men out of their living quarters and into the Brentwood station it had closed temporarily because of budget problems as soon as it came to light last month that the well water firefighters had been drinking and showering with contained unhealthy levels of a bacterium.

The agency since has stopped using the well and now is connected to Diablo Water District's water delivery system.

Although firefighters were expected to return in a matter of days, the fire district announced Monday that it is extending their stay at Station 54 because it discovered late last week that mold is also a problem.

East Contra Costa Fire had decided to take air samples because there is mold in the bathroom, Chief Hugh Henderson said.

Station 94 now is expected to remain closed until Jan. 1, 2015, while the district has its heating and air conditioning systems cleaned, works on the restroom, and then retests the air, he said.

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