5th St. Calumet Fire Site

 
Site Contact:
Brian Kelly
OSC

(kelly.brian@epa.gov)

Site Location:
108-120 Fifth St
Calumet, MI 49913
response.epa.gov/5thstreetcalumet

Update

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has begun to remove and dispose of asbestos-contaminated rubble and debris from the site of a recent fire on Fifth Street in Calumet, Michigan. On May 21, a fire destroyed three buildings including several local apartments and businesses near the intersection of Fifth and Portland Streets.

EPA will monitor air quality during the cleanup and backfill open basements after the cleanup is completed this fall. Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that was often used in construction in the mid-20th century. Breathing high levels of asbestos fibers for a long period of time can cause scar-like tissue to develop in the lungs and the lining surrounding the lungs.

Portions of Portland Street, Fourth Street, and part of the parking lot at Agassiz Park will be closed during the cleanup.

Background

On May 21, a fire destroyed three buildings, including several apartments and commercial businesses. An assessment of the rubble resulting from the fire found that the debris is contaminated with asbestos.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was often used in construction in the mid-20th century. Breathing high levels of asbestos fibers for a long period of time can cause scar-like tissue in the lungs and the lining surrounding the lungs. 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working with the Village of Calumet, Calumet Township, Houghton County, and the Michigan Department Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, or EGLE.