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Brooklyn Residents Raise Concerns Over Air Quality Following 5-Day Blaze

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- There is still a residual smell from the fire on Kent Ave near the scene of a Brooklyn warehouse fire that burned for 5 days.

The blazed burned mostly paper, but residents say the city Health Department was late in addressing air quality concerns after the fire broke out.

At a community meeting on Monday night, residents provided the Health Department with a petition that included over 1,700 names.

Michael Shea told 1010 WINS reporter Carol D'Auria that residents want answers and improvements.

"One of the big concerns that we have is that it took the city's Health Department over 15 hours to issue a public health advisory to stay inside," he said.

Brooklyn Residents Say City Was Slow To Issue Warning Following Fire

Deputy Health Commissioner Daniel Kass acknowledged that 15 hours was too long to wait.

Air was unhealthy for a day before returning to normal Kass said.

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