FORT SMITH, AR - Officials need to get results of tests for asbestos before they can embark on the cleanup of the old Fort Chaffee site where 150 World War II-era buildings were destroyed in a fire last month. The fire swept through 100 acres containing the mostly vacant buildings. No serious injuries were reported. The clean up is expected to cost millions of dollars.
Arkansas Dept. of Environmental Quality officials have taken samples from the sites. The agency is trying to expedite results.
Sebastian County Judge David Hudson declared the former military training site a disaster area last week, as part of the process to secure federal assistance. The county judge said his office is still calculating the cost of the response to the fire from local agencies.