West Fertilizer Plant Carried $1 Million Liability Policy


DALLAS (May 5, 2013)--The West fertilizer plant that exploded on April 17, killing 15 people, injuring 200 others and damaging or destroying scores of homes and buildings in a 37-block area of the town, was only insured for up to $1 million in liability, Tyler lawyer Rancy C. Roberts said.

Roberts said he and other attorneys who have filed lawsuits against West Fertilizer's owners were told Thursday about the size of its policy.

An insurance industry group estimates the blast may have caused as much as $100 million in damage.

An attorney for United States Fire Insurance Co., of Morristown, N.J., confirmed the policy details to the Dallas Morning News, but the paper didn't name the attorney.

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