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Federal Investigators To Probe West Plant Blast Cause

Updated: Thursday, April 18 2013, 03:21 PM CDT

A large team of federal investigators are headed to West, Texas to investigate a fertilizer plant fire and explosion that devastated the small town.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board was deploying "a large investigation team" to probe for the cause of the blast at the West Fertilizer plant, agency spokeswoman Hillary Cohen said.

In a statement issued early Thursday, Cohen said the board's Western regional office director, Don Holmstrom, would lead the team that's scheduled to arrive at the scene Thursday afternoon.

Investigators say at least 100 people were injured and an undetermined number of people were killed by the Wednesday blast.

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Federal Investigators To Probe West Plant Blast Cause

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