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Health and Safety Concerns Over Smoke Following Five-Alarm Fire



Thick black smoke can be seen from Highway 44, blocks from a five-alarm warehouse fire in St. Louis on November 15, 2017. Nearly 200 St. Louis firefighters battled the warehouse containing numerous paper products and nearly 200 thousand candles. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

 

St. Louis – The smoke from the fire was thick and uncompromising. And it’s causing continued health concerns even though the smoke has cleared away for the most part.

If you breathed the smoke Thursday morning and don’t feel quite right, you’re likely suffering from at least some degree of smoke inhalation.

 

A St. Louis firefighter quickly moves Rescue Squad 2 parked too close to a warehouse during a five-alarm fire in St. Louis on November 15, 2017. Nearly 200 St. Louis firefighters battled the warehouse containing numerous paper products and nearly 200 thousand candles. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

 

“It’s absolutely from smoke. Any time you have a fire, you’re going to get materials like carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, hydrogen cyanide. When that gets into your bloodstream, it’s going to impair your body’s ability to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide effectively,” said Dr. Fred Coste, a pulmonologist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. “You’ll feel short of breath. You’ll have headaches. You may feel a little bit nauseous.”

 

A fire rages out of control in a warehouse after walls collapsed during a five-alarm fire in St. Louis on November 15, 2017. Nearly 200 St. Louis firefighters battled the warehouse containing numerous paper products and nearly 200 thousand candles. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

 

You also may cough up mucous. If you have a respiratory condition like asthma or COPD, the shortness of breath may be extreme and require immediate medical attention. Toxins from things like burning plastic, styrofoam, or other chemicals, can make the symptoms more serious and longer-lasting.

 

St. Louis firefighters can only watch as a fire rages out of control in a warehouse during a five-alarm fire in St. Louis on November 15, 2017. Nearly 200 St. Louis firefighters battled the warehouse containing numerous paper products and nearly 200 thousand candles. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

 

Weather radar indicated the smoke plume hovered from the fire scene for nearly 20 miles across St. Clair County, Illinois. Dr. Coste said the risk remains even after the smoke clears and is greatest for those living closest to scene, here the smoke was so thick that it blocked out the sun.

Dr. Coste said the best thing anyone living close to the scene can do is to get away from it as much as possible for the next few days.

 


 Preocupación de salud y seguridad por el humo después del incendio de categoría cinco

 

Thick black smoke can be seen from Highway 44, blocks from a five-alarm warehouse fire in St. Louis on November 15, 2017. Nearly 200 St. Louis firefighters battled the warehouse containing numerous paper products and nearly 200 thousand candles. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

 

St. Louis – El humo del incendio era denso e intransigente. Y está causando problemas continuos de salud a pesar de que el humo se ha despejado en su mayor parte.

Si inhaló el humo el jueves por la mañana y no se siente del todo bien, es probable que sufra al menos un cierto grado de inhalación de humo.

 

A St. Louis firefighter quickly moves Rescue Squad 2 parked too close to a warehouse during a five-alarm fire in St. Louis on November 15, 2017. Nearly 200 St. Louis firefighters battled the warehouse containing numerous paper products and nearly 200 thousand candles. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

 

“Es absolutamente por el humo del incendio. Cada vez que hay un incendio se emiten sustancias como dióxido de carbono, sulfuro de hidrógeno o cianuro de hidrógeno. Cuando eso ingresa a su torrente sanguíneo, afecta la capacidad de su cuerpo para intercambiar oxígeno y dióxido de carbono de manera efectiva”, dijo el Dr. Fred Coste, neumólogo del Hospital Pediátrico de St. Louis. “Le faltará el aliento. Tendrá dolores de cabeza y puede sentir un poco de náuseas”.

 

A fire rages out of control in a warehouse after walls collapsed during a five-alarm fire in St. Louis on November 15, 2017. Nearly 200 St. Louis firefighters battled the warehouse containing numerous paper products and nearly 200 thousand candles. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

 

También puede toser mucosidad. Si tiene una afección respiratoria como asma o EPOC, la dificultad para respirar puede ser extrema y requerir atención médica inmediata. Las toxinas de sustancias como la quema de plástico, espuma de poliestireno u otras sustancias químicas pueden hacer que los síntomas sean más graves y de mayor duración.

 

St. Louis firefighters can only watch as a fire rages out of control in a warehouse during a five-alarm fire in St. Louis on November 15, 2017. Nearly 200 St. Louis firefighters battled the warehouse containing numerous paper products and nearly 200 thousand candles. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

 

El radar meteorológico indicó que la nube de humo del incendio viajó casi 20 millas hasta el condado de St. Clair, Illinois. El Dr. Coste dijo que el riesgo permanece incluso después de que el humo desaparece y es mayor para quienes viven cerca de la escena, aquí el humo era tan espeso que bloqueaba el sol.

El Dr. Coste dijo que lo mejor que puede hacer cualquier persona que viva cerca de la escena es alejarse tanto como sea posible durante los próximos días.

 


 

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