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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Media Advisory

Houston Field Division

For Immediate Release

Monday, May 9, 2016
Contact: Nicole Strong

ATF, SFMO Announce Origin and Cause in West, Texas Fatality Fire

HOUSTON – The Houston Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office will host a news conference announcing the Origin and Cause of the West Fertilizer Plant fire and explosion that occurred on April 17, 2013, and took 15 lives, 12 of whom were fire fighters/first responders.

WHO: ATF and Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office

WHAT: Announcing Origin and Cause of West, Texas fire and explosion

WHEN: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at Noon

WHERE: The KC Hall
            2547 Jerry Mashek Dr., West, Texas 76691


NOTE: Please RSVP by Noon on May 10, 2016 CST, to PIO Nicole Strong at the Houston Field Division at 602-859-6337 or Media should plan to be ON SITE BY 11:30 a.m. Media must have proper credentials to attend.

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Field Division: Houston Field Division