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Report On West Recommends More Firefighter Training & Planning

A new state fire marshal report, investigating the firefighter deaths when the West Fertilizer Company plant exploded in 2013, is making some recommendations when it comes to firefighter planning and training.

CBS 11–05/16/2014

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Fire Marshal: Inspections Refused Since West Blast

Five facilities in Texas with large quantities of the same fertilizer chemical that fueled the deadly plant explosion in West have turned away state fire marshal inspectors since the blast, investigators said Monday.

08/26/2013

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Students In West Looking Forward To Fresh Start

West ISD has spent the past weeks scrambling to provide classroom space to replace the three schools damaged in April’s chemical plant explosion. And now, a sprawling maze of tan portable buildings surrounds the damaged frame of the old intermediate school.

08/26/2013

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ATF Accused Of Blocking Investigation Of West Explosion

The ATF is under fire. It’s among the lead agencies investigating the fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer Company plant that killed 15 people last month.
Agents from another organization looking into the blast accuse the ATF of interfering and delaying their investigation.

CBS 11–05/22/2013

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Agency Studying West Fertilizer Plant Fire & Explosions To Prevent Similar Occurance

It was one month ago when the West Fertilizer Company plant exploded, killing 15 people and injuring 200 others.

05/17/2013

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West One Month Later, Cause Of Blast Still Undetermined

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.

05/16/2013

The West Fertilizer Company, shown from the air, lies in ruins on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. (credit: Getty Images)

Authorities: Crime Not Ruled Out In West Explosion

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.”

05/16/2013

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Willie Nelson Raises $125K For West & Abbott Volunteer Firefighters

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.

05/13/2013

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Fertilizer Plant Manager Believes 50 Tons Of Ammonium Nitrate In Building That Exploded

Investigators have now ruled what many have suspected: the ammonium nitrate stored at the West Fertilizer Company’s plant exploded.

CBS 11–05/06/2013

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I-Team: Thefts, Leaks Frequent At West Fertilizer Plant

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.

CBS 11–05/03/2013

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I-Team: Were Safety Guidelines For Chemical Followed In West?

More than two weeks since the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, and the Sullivans are still cleaning up.

05/03/2013

The remains of an apartment complex next to the fertilizer plant that exploded on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. According to West Mayor Tommy Muska, around 14 people were killed and more than 200 people were injured. (credit: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

State Agencies Never Considered Safety Of West Fertilizer Plant

A total of 28 state and federal agencies are investigating why the West Fertilizer Company’s plant caught fire and exploded two weeks ago.

05/01/2013

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