Morris W. Bridges, Jr.

At 1932hrs, firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire in a fertilizer and seed occupancy. Firefighters arriving on-scene found a well-developed fire in the structure. An EMS and mutual aid response was requested and other emergency personnel responded to the scene for fire fighting operations and evacuation. A massive explosion occurred at 1950hrs. The explosion killed 9 firefighters and an EMS responder, as well as five civilians. The blast destroyed most of the fire occupancy as well as damaging or destroying 500 structures. The Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office has prepared a comprehensive report on this incident. The report is available at Incident Location: West Fertilizer CO, 1471 Jerry Mashek DR, West, TX 76691 (U.S. National Grid: 14R PA 8100 2175)

Department Information

West Volunteer Fire Department
PO Box 97, 111 S. Reagan ST
U.S. National Grid: 14R PA 8043 2011
West, Texas 76691-0097

Chief: Gorge Nors, Sr.

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 41 
Rank: Firefighter 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident Date: Apr 17, 2013 19:30
Date of Death: Apr 17, 2013 
Cause of Death: Struck By 
Nature of Death: Trauma 
Activity Type: Unknown 
Emergency Duty: Yes
Duty Type: On-Scene Fire 
Fixed Property Use: Manufacturing 
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