US chemical agency deploys team to probe Texas ferts plant blast

18 April 2013 06:51  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--US’ Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will deploy a team in Texas to investigate the massive fire and explosion that occurred at West Fertilizer Inc’s plant on Wednesday night.

The team led by CSB western regional office director Don Holmstrom is due to arrive in Texas on Thursday afternoon, the government agency said in a statement.

CSB is an independent federal agency in charge of investigating industrial chemical accidents.

More than 100 people were injured from the fertilizer plant blast that damaged nearby buildings in the town of West on Wednesday night, Texas Department of Public Safety trooper D.L. Wilson said at a briefing on Thursday, NBC reported.

West is located north of Waco.

Fire from the explosion, which occurred at 19:50 Texas time (00:50 GMT), was burning several hours later.

Wilson confirmed that there were fatalities from the incident that damaged some 50 to 75 homes, as well as a 50-unit apartment complex. He did not say how many were killed.

Additional reporting by Pearl Bantillo in Singapore

By: Tracy Dang
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