West, TX Fertilizer Plant Explosion Was Arson

Questions linger over who set the fire, which resulted in an explosion killing 15 at the plant.

DALLAS (AP) — One question has lingered in the Central Texas farming town of West since a fertilizer plant caught fire in 2013 and exploded, killing 15 people and damaging at least $100 million in property: What caused the blaze?

On Wednesday, federal officials came to West with an answer — and in the process cast a much different light on a catastrophe many locals thought was behind them.

“This fire was a criminal act,” Robert Elder, the special agent in charge of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Houston office, announced during a news briefing in West.

h/t Exile