Tenth Lawsuit Filed Over West Fertilizer Plant Explosion

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WACO (May 24, 2013)--A tenth lawsuit was filed Wednesday in a state district court naming West Fertilizer Company and its owner in connection with the April 17 fire and explosion that left 15 dead, more than 200 injured and scores of homes destroyed.

McLennan County District Clerk's Office records show Jaquelina S. Rivera, et al, has filed a lawsuit in 170th District Court against Adair Grain Company and its owner.

Rivera joins nine other suits that seek damages against the fertilizer company and its owner in the wake of the deadly explosion.

Most recently the family of Adolph H. Lander, 96, of Malone, filed suit against the company.

That suit lists Elvis Lander as plaintiff.

Adolph Lander died April 18 after he was transferred from the badly damaged West Rest Haven nursing home

Lander was a Coryell County native, a World War II veteran, an avid gardener and a carpenter who enjoyed building birdhouses.

Other lawsuits include one filed by the widow of a Dallas firefighter who died while helping battle the April 17 fire.

Dallas Fire-Rescue Capt. Kenneth "Luckey" Harris, Jr., 52, was among the first responders killed in the powerful explosion.

Others were filed by plaintiffs Carmen Bridges, along with Brent Wayne Bridges, Louise A. Mills and two other minors.

Another, filed in 74th District Court, names Joshua Zarecor as plaintiff and it adds Texas Grain Storage and West Folour Mill as defendants.

Yet another lawsuit filed in 414th District Court is filed by Admiral Insurance Company as plaintiff.

Lawsuits previously filed include one brought by a couple from West who were injured in the deadly fertilizer plant explosion.

Another was filed by Andrea Jones Guetirrez and it names Adair Grain and West Fertilizer as co-defendants.

Guetirrez is seeking between $500,000 and $1 million in damages.

The first suit filed was brought by four separate insurance companies, names Adair Grain and West Fertilizer as co-defendants.

The insurance companies have policies which protect several businesses.