Asbestos warning over Coonabarabran bushfire

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Authorities have warned residents and workers assisting in the clean-up at the bushfire-devastated town of Coonabarabran in New South Wales on the potential asbestos contamination of buildings destroyed during the fire.

According to an ABC News report, 53 homes, 113 outbuildings and farm machinery were destroyed during the fire.

Fire and Rescue NSW Inspector Tony Lenthal said people need to be aware of the asbestos risks.

“A lot of rural properties and some urban properties still contain asbestos once damaged by fire or broken is a very serious hazard to people and needs to be treated appropriately and in appropriate protective clothing needs to be worn when rendering this safe,” he said.

The massive fire has now been contained. Authorities have now focused their attention on recovery efforts.

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