Mold Found Growing in Citadel Barracks

October 11, 2017, 11:06 am EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (CAROLINE BALCHUNAS, WTAT-TV) — Back to school at the Citadel – cadets aren’t the only ones living in the barracks – mold has taken hold in barracks two and three.

Col. John L. Dorrian, Vice President of the Citadel’s Office of Communications and Marketing says cleanup is already underway and they’ve ordered some 470 dehumidifiers, waiting to be installed.

“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.”

Many wonder if it’s a serious health issue, alarmed by the sight and the color.

“People get concerned when they see the mold is that color, so far we haven’t seen anything that would be black mold, that’s a more significant issue,” said Dorrian.

Although it can cause allergies and asthma in some people, Dorrian says this is a different species from the highly-toxic black mold.

“The initial testing that we had shows 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.”

Once the rooms are all cleaned up, Dorrian says engineers will take a closer look 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.”

FOX 24 was not granted permission inside the barracks to see the mold and clean-up process for ourselves. School officials say they have not received any reports of health issues directly related to this mold problem.

It is unclear what a long-term solution or plan would be – it all depends on what engineers discover.

Officials say the school has already spent some $90K on dehumidifiers alone.