New Lawsuit Targets Manufacturer In Parkersburg Fire

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) – A new lawsuit over the industrial fire that burned for a week in West Virginia targets the chemical manufacturer who sold products stored in the building.

The case filed Tuesday says DuPont Co. “breached its duty of care” by selling hazardous, flammable materials to the warehouse owned by Intercontinental Export Import Inc., or IEI Plastics, and didn’t ensure materials sold were safely stored and handled.

The blaze at the 420,000-square-foot property began Oct. 21 and was extinguished Oct. 29. The lawsuit says area residents were exposed to hazardous materials as a result of the fire and chemical explosion.

A Dupont spokesman previously said the company wasn’t directly affiliated with the warehouse.