Morris W. Bridges, Jr.

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.

Firefighters and other responders were operating at the scene of a fire at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas. Initial reports indicate that as the situation on the fireground worsened, the fire chief ordered all personnel to evacuate the property. Shortly thereafter, a massive explosion occurred damaging or destroying a portion of the City of West. Many people were injured or killed as a result of the explosion. Due to the timely efforts of first responders and other volunteers working in the face of pending catastrophe to evacuate occupancies nearby the fertilizer plant, many other lives were saved. Incident Location: West Fertilizer CO, 1471 Jerry Mashek DR, West, TX 76691 (U.S. National Grid: 14R PA 8100 2175)

Provisional 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