State inspectors touring several Richmond fire stations after mold concerns

Mold was discovered at Richmond Fire Station 14 on the Northside last week.
Mold was discovered at Richmond Fire Station 14 on the Northside last week.

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - State investigators will be touring Richmond fire stations Thursday, after one location was evacuated due to health concerns last week.

Virginia Department of Labor and Industry health compliance officers will tour nearly a dozen fire stations, according to Richmond firefighters union representative Keith Andes. Andes is calling for Richmond Fire Chief Robert Creecy to resign following revelations of serious safety hazards at Fire Station 14 on the city's Northside.

Firefighters were temporarily moved from station 14 to 15 Friday so crews could work this past weekend to remedy issues, including mold, a leaking roof and air-conditioning problems. The move could slow response times to some calls. The goal was to get firefighters back into a safe building in less than 10 days to minimize the impact.

An environmental company ran tests at Station 14 and discovered mold in several areas of the building, including the bunk rooms, after a leak. A contractor put a temporary patch on the roof until permanent repairs can be completed.

So far, there's no word on how much the repairs will cost the city. The fire department says three stations have been re-roofed within the last year. Repairs cost between $425,000 to $450,000.

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