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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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.