The deaths of 15 people, including 12 volunteer firefighters, in an explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant a year ago were preventable, federal investigators said Tuesday.
Preliminary findings from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board on the chemical disaster in West, Texas, include:
- The firefighters should have been trained to deal with the stockpile of ammonium nitrate at West Fertilizer Co.
- State regulators should not have allowed the fertilizer to be stored in wooden containers.
- Local authorities should have considered keeping schools and homes farther...