Texas Blast Probe Ensues While Lawsuits Pile Up

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The investigation into the West, Texas, fertilizer plant continues while lawsuits pile up against Adair Grain and its owner, Donald Adair. At least four separate insurance companies filed suits, as well as a woman who lost her apartment and vehicle in the blast.

Insurance companies carrying policies for several businesses in the town filed the first lawsuit on April 19. The companies are seeking an unspecified amount of damages for "negligent acts and omissions," which allegedly caused the explosion, KWTX.com reported.

Andrea Jones Guetirrez, a single mother who lived in an apartment complex next to the plant filed the other lawsuit, Reuters reported.

Guetirrez is seeking up to $1 million in damages for losing her apartment home, all her possessions, and a vehicle according to a copy of the complaint obtained by Reuters.

The plant explosion blasted the walls and windows off dozens of buildings in the town. Officials say the death toll has risen to 15 and hundreds of injured are still recovering.

Misty Lambert lived in an apartment building directly behind the plant. "I went to look out the window and that's when the explosion happened and it just came at me," she recalled.

The 37-year-old was airlifted to a nearby hospital where doctors spent 20 hours removing shards of glass and metal from her body.

Lambert said she found strength from her family and the resilience of the people of West, Texas.

Adair Grain's spokesman, Daniel Keeney, said, "Our focus is on the fact-finding and on assisting the investigating agencies in any way we can."

State investigators say it's still too soon to estimate the total cost of the damage.

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