NBCC office in Fredericton closed after possible discovery of asbestos

The New Brunswick Community College’s head office in downtown Fredericton was evacuated on Friday morning after a contractor found a substance that could be asbestos.

Community college spokesperson says the building is expected to be open on Monday

The New Brunswick Community College’s head office in downtown Fredericton was evacuated on Friday morning after a contractor found a substance that could be asbestos. (Pat Richard/CBC)

The New Brunswick Community College's head office in downtown Fredericton was evacuated on Friday morning after a contractor found a substance that could be asbestos.

Michelle Wilcott, a spokesperson for the college, said work has been happening on the building's ventilation system.

On Friday, the contractor notified the college that asbestos had been potentially found in the ceiling plaster.

"No further intrusive work was conducted and there was no risk to employees' health," the statement said.

"However, as a precautionary measure, we opted to close the building for the remainder of the day."

More tests will be conducted on Friday and Wilcott said officials are confident the building will be open on Monday.

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