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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Smoke advisory issued due to Lower Base fire

The CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Department of Public Safety, in conjunction with the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., have issued a smoke advisory in response to a fire located at the old L&T garment factory in Lower Base and adjacent to a junkyard with old tires and other plastic materials.

Due to the particulate matter contained in the smoke generated from the fire, the potential for air pollution exists.

The CHCC Division of Public Health is issuing the following health advisory for people who have respiratory condition.

- People who have asthma, emphysema or bronchitis- should stay indoors (except for purpose of evacuating) close their windows and minimize outdoors activities.

- People who are experiencing symptom of respiratory distress should seek medical care immediately.

- Anyone who is concerned about the smoke may choose to stay indoors as well.

Residents of Lower Base, Western Garapan all the way to Micro Beach and surrounding area should continue to monitor local news for future advisories from the Division of Public Health.

For more information contact Warren F. Villagomez, director of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, or CHCC Public Health Medical Officer Dr. Daniel Lamar by calling CHCC’s operator at 234-8950. You may also contact EOC dispatch by calling 237-8000. (PR)

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