Widow Of Firefighter Killed In West Blast Sues

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
The widow of a firefighter who died in the April 17 fertilizer plant explosion in West is suing the plant and its owners.

Kenneth “Luckey” Harris, Jr. (Funeral home photo)

WEST (May 10, 2013)—The widow of a Dallas firefighter who died while helping battle the April 17 fire at West Fertilizer Co. has filed a lawsuit against the plant and its owners.

Dallas Fire-Rescue Capt. Kenneth “Luckey” Harris, Jr., 52, was among the first responders killed in the powerful explosion, which claimed the lives of 15 people, left about 200 injured, and damaged or destroyed scores of homes and buildings in the town of 1,700.

The suit brought by lawyers for Harris’ widow Holly names West Fertilizer and Adair Grain Company, both of West, and Scottie Isham, as defendants and lists Harris’ three grown sons as among the plaintiffs.

Kenneth Harris was born in Killeen, graduated from Crawford High School, attended McLennan Community College in Waco and graduated from the Dallas Fire Academy in 1982.

The lawsuit was filed in Waco's 170th State District Court, district clerk's office records showed Friday.

The sixth lawsuit was filed earlier in 170th District Court 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.

The petition alleges Mrs. Bowles was thrown by the explosion and suffered a broken jaw, loosened teeth, a perforated eardrum, and loss of hearing.

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.

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