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Arson Results from a Mold Problem in an Arizona Hotel


LA Testing offers indoor air quality (IAQ) testing services for mold, bacteria and other contaminants that impact indoor air quality

Pasadena, CA

Last month a person staying at a hotel in Phoenix, Arizona was accused of setting fire at the property. The accused man actually called 911 to report the fire in his hotel room. When the firemen arrived they were able to quickly extinguish the fire before extensive damage was done.

As fire investigators arrived they questioned the man who had called to report the fire. Initially denying any involvement, the man eventually admitted to setting the fire. His reason for setting the fire, to attract attention to a mold problem in the hotel caused by a water leak.

Mold is a natural part of the environment and can be found all around us, both indoors and outdoors. Elevated levels of mold in indoor environments can be a real health threat. Fortunately few individuals dealing with mold go to the extremes witnessed at the hotel fire in Arizona.

Preventing and minimizing mold’s presence can help protect those that are already sensitive to mold exposure or could become sensitized. LA Testing, an affiliate of EMSL Analytical, is one of the leading providers of mold and other IAQ testing services throughout California.

“At LA Testing we hear of all types of scenarios dealing with mold problems in indoor environments,” reported Ben Sublasky, National Director of Client Services for LA Testing and EMSL Analytical. “Mold won’t grow indoors unless there is a water source or elevated humidity. If a problem does exist, the solution is to stop the moisture before the mold can grow. If mold already is a problem, then it’s important to understand the scope of the situation. This can be accomplished by a trained IAQ professional who has the experience and tools to provide a complete inspection and offer solutions. Quite often air and surfacing sampling becomes a key component of these investigations.”

To learn more about mold and IAQ please visit, email or call (800) 303-0047.

About LA Testing and EMSL Analytical, Inc.
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