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STUDIO CITY : Asbestos Find Delays Station Demolition

Slated to get under way Tuesday, the bulldozing of an earthquake-damaged Studio City fire station was postponed temporarily after officials found additional asbestos not spotted during earlier inspections.

“While we were there this morning, looking up in the attic, we saw a couple (of) pipes that were wrapped,” Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Louis Roupoli said Tuesday.

“It was only a couple little pieces.”

A private contractor had already removed pipe wrappings and asbestos-coated floor tiles from Fire Station 78, near the corner of Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Ventura Boulevard, Roupoli said.

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He said the contractor planned to return Tuesday to deal with the newly-discovered wrappings.

Preliminary demolition of the cracked building is already under way. The hose tower has been felled and electrical and water systems disconnected.

Roupoli said the bulldozers should get to work today or Thursday, after asbestos crews finish their work.

The demolition is expected to last about a month.

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Officials have said firefighters will move back into temporary trailers at the site in the fall while planning for a new, permanent station continues.


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