State fire marshal West investigation

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The State Fire Marshal recommended today that 46 facilities storing Ammonium Nitrate in Texas be required to make structural improvements.

The recommendation comes as the State is looking to prevent another deadly blast like the one that killed 15 people nearly a year ago in West.

WEST, TX (KCEN) - The State Fire Marshal recommended today that 46 facilities storing Ammonium Nitrate in Texas be required to make structural improvements.

The recommendation comes as the State is looking to prevent another deadly blast like the one that killed 15 people nearly a year ago in West.

Investigators still haven't identified a single cause of the blast, but are certain about the source of a massive fireball that killed firefighters and first responders who were rushing toward the facility.

Dozens of tons of Ammonium Nitrate, a potentially dangerous chemical used in fertilizer, was stored in flammable wooden containers.

The State Fire Marshal proposed that similar facilities be given three years to either install sprinkler systems or retrofit buildings with non-combustible materials.


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