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Barton Solvents Plant Explosion

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Barton Solvents Plant Explosion Lawsuits

Barton Solvents Plant Explosion | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Injury, Burns, Property Damage | Evacuation, Blasts, Chemical Toxins, Fires, Disaster

The Barton Solvents Plant explosion and resulting fire in Valley Center, Kansas occurred on July 17, 2007 and resulted in the evacuation of more than 200 people in the Wichita suburb.  During the fire, 36 storage tanks containing about 660,000 pounds of hydrocarbons, ketones, alcohol and other chemicals used in the paint and coatings industry were destroyed.  The fire raged throughout the afternoon, and firefighters could do little except work to keep it from reaching other buildings around the plant.  Authorities were unable to determine what caused the explosion. The plant is owned by Barton Solvents, a Des Moines, Iowa distributor of industrial chemicals, oils, surfactants, and plasticizers.

Witness said that first explosion at the Barton Solvents Plant occurred at 9:15 a.m. and was followed by at least 15 smaller blasts.  Smoke and flames, which billowed more than 200 feet into the air, could be seen for miles.  Most of the evacuees were taken to the Kansas Coliseum, but ten people were admitted to Wichita-area hospitals.   Though the evacuation order was later lifted, people who had left their homes were not allowed to return immediately, and residents who lived within a mile downwind or a half mile upwind were advised to stay away from their homes. Those still in Valley Center were told to stay on the ground floors of their homes and to refrain from using their air conditioners.

Legal Help For Victims Affected By Barton Solvents Plant Explosion

The full extent of damage done by the Barton Solvents Plant explosion is still being determined.  If you or a loved one have been affected by this disaster you may be entitled to compensation. Please fill out the form at the right for a free case review by a qualified attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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Barton Solvents Removing Tanks Destroyed in Kansas Plant Explosion

Aug 27, 2007 | Parker Waichman LLP, LLP
Barton Solvents has begun removing storage tanks that were destroyed in a July 17 explosion at its Valley Center plant.   The blast, which rocked the small Kansas town, resulted in the evacuation of 200 people living near the facility.Barton Solvents began cutting up and removing the tanks on Friday, after the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board informed the company that it was finished examining the tanks.  The board had given Barton Solvents permission to...

Barton Solvents Plant Explosion Evacuees Begin to Receive Reimbursement

Jul 31, 2007 | Parker Waichman LLP
Barton Solvents, the owner of the Valley Center, Kansas solvent plant that exploded on July 18, has begun issuing reimbursement checks to residents who evacuated the town following the blast.  So, far the company has issued nearly 1500 checks, and plans to issue more in the coming days.   Barton Solvents also announced plans to help business owners affected by the  plant explosion with their losses.The reimbursements were issued over a three day period last week. ...

All Barton Solvents Explosion Evacuees Now Home

Jul 25, 2007 | Parker Waichman LLP
Evacuees residing near the site of a chemical explosion at the Barton Solvents, Inc. facility in Valley Center, Kansas were allowed to return home early this morning after nearly a week, according to a report in the Wichita Eagle. A photo on the Eagle’s web site shows residents lining up to return to their homes after an explosion and ensuing fire had ripped through Barton Solvent’s chemical storage and distribution facility last Tuesday.   The explosion in Valley Center,...

Barton Solvent's Plant Explosion Tanks Never Inspected for Fire Hazards

Jul 23, 2007 | Parker Waichman LLP
The storage tanks involved in the Barton Solvent's Plant explosion in Valley Center, Kansas last Tuesday had not been inspected for fire dangers, and that is prompting one local official to demand change.  Sedgwick County Fire Marshall Tim Millspaugh called on Kansas State leaders to change laws that allow tanker farms like the Barton Solvent’s Plant to avoid fire danger inspections.  Millspaugh said that no such inspections had been done at the Valley Center plant because state...

Barton Solvents Plant Explosion; Some Valley Center, Kansas Residents Remain Evacuated

Jul 18, 2007 | Parker Waichman LLP
The Barton Solvents plant explosion forced residents to evacuate yesterday. Some residents forced to evacuate yesterday following the explosion at the Barton Solvents Plant were allowed to return to Valley Center, Kansas today.  However, parts of the community closest to the blast will remain closed for the time being.  Valley Center, a suburb of Wichita with a population of 5,000, was most affected by the explosion.  No serious injuries were reported as of yet; although 12...

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