After burning for more than a week, a fire at a Parkersburg warehouse was extinguished Sunday, officials say.
Incident commander Mark Stewart, chief of the Lubeck fire department, said the remains of the fire at Intercontinental Export Import Inc.’s facility were put out around noon, according to Lawrence Messina, a spokesman for the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.
Messina said a 36- to 48-hour cool-down phase has begun. Firefighters have stopped putting water on the site to check for flare-ups, he said.
Crews from Specialized Professional Services Inc. are still on the scene to help, and air-quality monitoring continues, he said.
The massive fire broke out early Oct. 21 at the former site of Ames True Temper tool factory in south Parkersburg. The fire prompted Gov. Jim Justice to declare a state of emergency in Wood County. The Wood County Commission also declared the scene a disaster area.
While no injuries were reported during the fire, state Health Commissioner Rahul Gupta said last week he needs more information, particularly the inventory of what materials burned in the fire, before officials will know about the long-term health effects of smoke and fallout of the fire.
Officials said a search of state records revealed that no inventories of those materials had been filed under the state and federal chemical right-to-know law that requires such disclosures for certain chemicals if stored in certain amounts.
The state Department of Environmental Protection ordered the company to identify what products stored there were burning and to submit a plan “for providing proof of proper disposal” of the materials that burned at the warehouse.
The DEP also ordered the company to provide “detailed inventories” of material stored “at all other sites in West Virginia” that are owned by IEI and any associated companies.