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Mar 29, 2012 10:39 AM by AP

Asbestos found in McNeese State's Kaufman Hall

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - McNeese State University officials have closed Kaufman Hall until further notice because removal of a door led to the release of asbestos, which has contaminated multiple areas of the building.

Philip Williams, university president, told the American Press Wednesday that a door on the third floor of Kaufman Hall, which is under renovation, was cut in half on March 5 by contractors in order to make it easier to be carried down the stairs.

Williams said there was a release of some material that at the time the contractors were unsure what it was.

He said employees displaced from the building are either moving elsewhere on campus or are working from home. Kaufman Hall houses computer services workers, scholarship and testing offices, Continuing Education offices and social science classes.

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