Published: Jul 19, 2011 11:43 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 19, 2011 9:49 PM EDT

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- An air testing company says the air in three Lehigh Acres fire stations is safe to breathe.   Air Quality Services reported late Tuesday that tests show only minor levels of mold, not nearly enough to endanger a person with a normal respiratory system.

"It is all fine, absolutely.  The people can work there safe and sound," said Bob Swanson of Air Quality Services.   "The mold levels are minor, not excessive.   Our advice would be to keep humidity below 55 percent and to clean up any water spills and fix any water leaks immediately in those  fire-houses."

Swanson delivered his report to Lehigh fire commissioners on Tuesday.    Some fire-fighters had complained of a musty smell in three stations.   The district even closed one of them, on Gunnery Road, to replace some rotted wood and do some remodeling.    The testing company found safe air in that station.

The district paid at least 1630 dollars to test the air.    Commissioner Kevin Shea defends that, saying:  "We must protect the health of the life-savers, our fire and rescue people."

Property owner Oscar Perez agrees, telling WINK News:   "They did the right thing to check it out.  Otherwise you might have someone get sick and die, and that would be a lot worse."