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Asbestos found in Colorado Springs tower damaged in fire

June 6, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The more than 100 residents of a senior living complex in Colorado Springs who were forced from their homes because of a fire won’t be able to return for at least two months.

The Gazette reports officials told tenants of the 11-story Regency Tower Apartments on Wednesday the top two floors of the building are contaminated by airborne asbestos. Crews are expected to start removing the asbestos next week.

The tower has asbestos ceilings and flooring that were installed when it was built in 1965. Officials say some residents will be allowed to retrieve their belongings.

A blaze erupted on the 10th floor last month. Authorities are still investigating the cause.

The fire hospitalized two people for smoke inhalation, including 89-year-old Darlyne Justesen. She died a few days later.

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Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com

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