Fertiliser plant owner sued

The owner of a fertiliser plant that exploded last week killing 14 people and destroying dozens of homes and an apartment complex in a tiny Texas town is being sued by a single mom and by several insurance companies.

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Single mum to sue Texas fertiliser plant owner

A single mum and several insurance companies are suing the owner of a fertiliser plant that exploded last week, killing 14 people and destroying dozens of homes and an apartment complex in a small Texas town.

Adair Grain, Inc, the parent company of West Fertiliser Co, has been accused of negligence, in tqwo lawsuits filed in McLennan County district court.

Men walk through the aftermath of a deadly fertiliser plant explosion in the town of West, near Waco, Texas on April 21 Credit: Reuters

The company "was negligent in the operation of its facility, creating an unreasonably dangerous condition, which led to the fire and explosion," said a lawsuit filed on Friday by insurance companies on behalf of individuals, two churches, and businesses including a Chevrolet car dealer and a bakery.

The cause of the fire on April 17 in West, Texas has not been confirmed.

Read: Rescuers search for survivors after Texas fertiliser plant blast

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Gas leaks cause small fires to erupt at Texas blast site

Residents displaced by the massive fertiliser plant explosion in Texas have been told by officials that tanks on the site are leaking gas and causing small fires.

The fires are reported to be contained, but they are preventing those who live nearby from returning to their homes in the town of West.

Paramedic Bryce Reed, also a spokesman for West said he leaks were caused by tanks damaged by heat and had triggered small fires. He said no further evacuations were necessary.

Before and after photos show Texas explosion damage

Google has captured before and after photographs that highlight the devastation caused by the explosion of a fertiliser plant in West, Texas.14 people are reported to have died following the blast on Wednesday and approximately 200 people were injured.

This Google image shows the fertiliser plant before the explosion. Credit: Google Earth
Much of the plant is destroyed in this 'after' image. Credit: Google Earth

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Destruction after Texas fertiliser plant explosion

An aerial view shows the aftermath of the huge blast.
An aerial view shows the aftermath of the huge blast. Credit: Reuters

Aerial pictures show the extend of destruction after the massive explosion which destroyed a fertiliser plant in Texas.

An aerial view shows the aftermath of the huge blast.
An aerial view shows the aftermath of the huge blast. Credit: Reuters

Very little remains on the site and investigators picking through the debris appear dwarfed by the amount of debris.

Investigators stand amid the aftermath of the massive explosion
Investigators stand amid the aftermath of the massive explosion Credit: Reuters

Mayor says 14 dead in Texas fertiliser plant blast

The blast from the fertiliser plant has left more than 100 people injured. Credit: REUTERS/Mike Stone

The death toll following an explosion at a fertiliser plant in the Texas town of West has reached 14 people, Mayor Tommy Muska has said.

The figure includes four emergency medical technicians, who were killed in the blast as they rushed to put out a fire at the plant.

Five volunteer firefighters are officially listed as missing but feared dead, Mr Muska said.

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