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Parkersburg IEI fire cause remains unknown


The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Wood County 911 Director Rick Woodyard, front left, thanks Gov. Jim Justice, right, for his assistance during last year’s fire at the IEI Plastics warehouse on Camden Avenue in Parkersburg Thursday at the fire scene. Behind them, from left, are West Virginia Homeland Security Director Jimmy Gianato, Randy Joins with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, State Fire Marshal Ken Tyree and Deputy State Fire Marshal Jason Baltic.
(News and Sentinel photo by Jeff Baughan)

PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — State officials offered a “final” report on last year’s fire at the Intercontinental Export-Import Plastics warehouse on Camden Avenue Thursday, but a big question remains unanswered after 10 months.

“As of right now, the fire is undetermined in cause and will stay that way,”Deputy State Fire Marshal Jason Baltic said at the fire scene. “If and when any information or any leads would develop, then we’ll work on those leads as they come in.”

Baltic was one of several state officials, including Gov. Jim Justice, on hand Thursday to deliver the report, thank those who battled the blaze that burned for 10 days and present the keys to a hazardous materials Rapid Response Vehicle to the Wood County Commission. Baltic said the extent of the damage at the scene was the main factor preventing investigators from determining what started the fire, or even whether it was an accident or intentionally set.

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