DuPont named in fourth IEI fire suit

CHARLESTON — A fourth class-action lawsuit has been filed over the October fire at the Intercontinental Export-Import Plastics Warehouse on Camden Avenue in Parkersburg, this one including DuPont as a defendant.

Filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia in Charleston, the suit lists five area residents and two local companies as plaintiffs and names IEI and related companies Sirnaik LLC, Surnaik Holdings of WV LLC, Polymer Alliance Services LLC and Green Sustainable Solutions LLC as defendants, along with DuPont.

The suit cites concerns about saftey at the warehouse raised by local volunteer fire chiefs in 2008, repeat environmental violations noted by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection in 2015, facts about the fire and air quality testing results in its aftermath. It says DuPont “knew or should have known” about the issues at the warehouse but kept selling materials to the company anyway.

The suit was filed by five Charleston attorneys, including Vienna resident Harry Deitzler, and Parkersburg attorney Patrick McFarland.