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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Obama: Texan town 'will have America's support'

US president Barack Obama offered his prayers for the victims of an explosion at a fertilizer plant in the town of West, Texas, and said federal emergency officials had offered help to local and state officials who are responding to the tragedy.

"West is a town that many Texans hold near and dear to their hearts, and as residents continue to respond to this tragedy, they will have the support of the American people," Obama said in a statement.

Obama 'offers support' after Texas explosion

President Obama has offered his "support and prayers" in the town of West, after an explosion at a fertiliser plant in the US state of Texas, Federal emergency officials have told Reuters.

In a statement, President Obama said:

West is a town that many Texans hold near and dear to their hearts, and as residents continue to respond to this tragedy, they will have the support of the American people.

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Local meteorologist predicts strong wind and rain

There are fears that bad weather could hinder the rescue effort going in West, Texas after today's explosion.

Brady Taylor, a meteorologist for local TV station KWTX, tweeted:

Emergency caller: 'There are firefighters down'

This is purported to be a recording of emergency calls made after the explosion at the fertiliser plant in West, Texas.

Firefighters were already responding to a fire at the plant when the explosion happened.

A woman's voice can be heard saying: "There has been an explosion on the fire scene, there are firefighters down at this time".

This recording was taken from social media website SoundCloud and all efforts have been made to verify its authenticity, but this cannot be independently confirmed.

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