Manchester recovery center likely closed for 2 days after floor coating creates toxic fumes
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MANCHESTER — Serenity Place, a substance misuse recovery center at 351 Chestnut St. is likely closed for the next 48 hours after a solvent-based floor coating flooded the air with toxic fumes.
Manchester Fire Department District Chief James Michael says chemicals in the coating have a personal exposure limit of 25 parts per million. The reading for the floor coating was 600 parts per million.
"We anticipate that the building won't be occupied for 48 hours," Michael says.
Firefighters pulled the alarm to get everyone out of the building and estimate there were between 50-75 people inside.
The chemical exposure also forced the evacuation of 1269 Cafe, a food pantry occupying the same building.
One person was evaluated on scene for breathing difficulties but refused treatment, officials said.
Serenity Place partners with the Manchester Fire Department as part of their Safe Station program.
Fire officials say they will retest the building again tomorrow and deem when it is safe to return.