West, Texas fertilizer plant that exploded was insured for only $1 million in liability

DALLAS - A fertilizer plant that exploded in West, Texas last month was only insured for $1 million in liability, according to a lawyer in the case.

Tyler lawyer Rancy C. Roberts said Saturday that he and other attorneys who have filed lawsuits against West Fertilizer's owners were told Thursday about the size of its policy.

An insurance industry group estimates that it may have caused up to $100 million in damage.

The blast killed 14 people and injured more than 200 others, destroying several blocks of property around the plant.

An attorney for United States Fire Insurance Co., of Morristown, N.J., confirmed the policy details to the Dallas Morning News. It didn't name the attorney. A company lawyer didn't immediately respond to a phone message Saturday left at his office by The Associated Press.

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