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Category Press Release
Publish Date 11/17/2015
Author Paul Cochrane
Title San Francisco Fire Results in Smoke & Water Damage to Neighboring Apartment Complex
Introduction LA Testing provides analytical services to identify smoke residues, mold, lead and asbestos hazards that may be present following a building fire.

Garden Grove, CA, November 17th, 2015  

Earlier this month, KRON published a report about a fire at a business in San Francisco’s Mission District. The three-alarm blaze destroyed a building which contained an auto mechanic and tire store and also caused extensive damage to an apartment complex next door. Over 20 people who resided in the apartment building were displaced due to damage from the nearby fire and efforts to extinguish the blaze.  

Structural fires can be devastating and cause widespread property damage even to neighboring buildings not directly touched by flames. Smoke from a fire can easily infiltrate nearby properties and result in smoke and soot damage. In addition to leaving behind unpleasant odors, discoloring materials and causing etching on surfaces, these residues could cause respiratory issues for building occupants.  

“In addition to issues associated with smoke residues, water from the efforts of firefighters tackling a blaze in a neighboring property can also result in water damage to adjacent buildings,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager at LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility. “This moisture can lead to the growth of mold in as short as 48 hours. Exposure to mold can cause allergies, trigger asthma in some people, act as a respiratory irritant, and some types of mold can even cause infections in people with a weakened immune system. When these types of events occur in older buildings, there could also be exposure concerns associated with lead-based paints and asbestos-containing materials during cleanup, demolition and repair activities.”  

LA Testing offers all of the sampling supplies and testing services needed to identify smoke residues, mold, asbestos, lead and other potential hazards in properties impacted by a fire. They have also sponsored an educational video about fire, smoke and water damage that can be seen at:  

To learn more about testing services for properties following a fire, please visit or, email or call (800) 755-1794. 

About LA Testing

LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other substances.  In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, CDC ELITE, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states.  LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Garden Grove, San Leandro and San Diego.
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