FEMA Denies More Aid To Texas Town Devastated By Fertilizer Plant Explosion

Source: Matthew DeLuca / NBC News

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied additional aid to the Texas town devastated by a massive fertilizer plant explosion in April that leveled homes and could be felt as far as 80 miles away, Gov. Rick Perry’s office confirmed to NBC News Tuesday

Perry’s office said it received a letter from FEMA administrator Craig Fugate saying that the devastated town would not receive funds from the agency.

FEMA said in the letter that the damage from the explosion “is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration,” according to the Associated Press.

The explosion in West, Texas on the evening of April 17 killed 15 people and injured hundreds more. Twelve of the dead were first responders who were battling a blaze at the West Fertilizer Co. plant on the outskirts of town before it exploded.

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