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Citadel battling mold in two cadet barracks

Mold found in Citadel barracks (WCIV)

Cadets at the Citadel were welcomed back to school this year with a growing problem in some barracks. School officials confirm mold has been found in a couple of the buildings.

Col. John L. Dorrian, Vice President of the Citadel’s Office of Communications and Marketing said the clean-up process is already underway in the two problem buildings—barracks two and three. He said the school has ordered some 470 de-humidifiers, which will be installed once they arrive.

“This has the attention of the very senior leadership of college and General Rosa briefed the parents about this,” Dorrian said. “This is not something that we’re going to try and handle on an as-needed basis, this is something we’re going right after, we’re going to address it comprehensively.”

A concerned parent of a cadet reached out to ABC News 4 with concerns, alarmed by the sight and the black color seen in pictures.

“People get concerned when they see the mold is that color, but so far we haven’t seen anything that would be black mold, that would be a significant issue,” said Dorrian. “The initial testing is that it’s cladosporium, that’s the most common type of mold. That’s different from the species of black mold, although the color of it is black.”

Cladosporium can cause allergies and asthma in some people and be green or black in color.

Dorrian said once all the rooms are cleaned up, engineers will take a closer look, study the problem and come up with a long-term plan. They encourage faculty and cadets to report any new issues..

“We haven’t seen any kind of widespread problems with this in other buildings,” he said. “We think the preponderance of the problem is in those two but certainly it’s not something we would dismiss because it’s just a hot, humid environment and we have a lot of old buildings here.”

ABC News 4 was not granted permission inside the barracks to see the mold and clean-up first-hand. Dorrian said they have not received any reports of health issues relating to this mold problem.

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