After a nearly one month long investigation involving 29 state and federal agencies and more than 100 people, the state fire marshal and ATF say they have ruled the cause of the fire undetermined.
One month after a fire triggered a massive blast in West, Texas killing 15 people, officials on Thursday had to declare the cause of the blaze as “undetermined.”
At the West Volunteer Fire Department, a day of mixed emotions. As they continue to mourn their seven firefighters killed when the West Fertilizer Company plant exploded, they take comfort in the generosity of country superstar Willie Nelson.
When the fertilizer plant in West exploded, Texas Task Force One was called in to search the area closest to the plant for survivors. They didn’t find any.
Robert Payne was one of the first responders to rush to fight a fire at a West fertilizer plant last month.
Investigators have now ruled what many have suspected: the ammonium nitrate stored at the West Fertilizer Company’s plant exploded.
For a facility that had the potential to destroy everything around it, law enforcement records show the West Fertilizer Co. was easy for thieves and burglars to access.
More than two weeks since the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, and the Sullivans are still cleaning up.
McLennan County’s emergency management coordinator, Frank Patterson, said the county knew the plant stored 270 tons of potentially explosive ammonium nitrate.
The Waco Foundation has been designated to handle all monetary donations designated for the town and its citizens.
Some survivors are already filing lawsuits seeking damages after the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, with a half dozen lawsuits already filed.
A total of 28 state and federal agencies are investigating why the West Fertilizer Company’s plant caught fire and exploded two weeks ago.