ATF: Texas fertilizer plant fire, explosion was criminal act

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Deadly West, Texas, Fertilizer Plant Explosion Was 'Criminal Act'

(Reuters) -- A fire which triggered an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas that killed 15 people three years ago was a criminal act, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigators said on Wednesday.

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ATF Special Agent in Charge Rob Elder said a reward of up to $50,000 was being offered for the person or persons responsible for starting the blaze at the West Fertilizer Co.

See more from the fatal incident in the gallery below:

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2013 fertilizer plant fire in West, Texas
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ATF: Texas fertilizer plant fire, explosion was criminal act
WEST, TX - APRIL 18: With smoke rising in the distance, a law enformcement officer runs a check point at the perimeter about half a mile from the West Fertilizer Company April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. A massive explosion at the fertilizer company injured more than 100 people and left damaged buildings for blocks in every direction. The death toll from the blast, which occured as firefighters were tackling a blaze, is as yet unknown. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Mangled metal and debris are all that is left of a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Much of the small town suffered damage when the plant caught fire causing a massive explosion Wednesday night. Authorities are still trying to determine the death and injury toll. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Debris litters fields around a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Much of the small town suffered damage when the plant caught fire causing a massive explosion Wednesday night. Authorities are still trying to determine the death and injury toll. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Searchers in protective suits walk through the blast zone of the fertilizer plant that exploded in West, Texas, on Thursday, April 18, 2013. The Wednesday night blast injured dozens, causing an undetermined number of fatalities, as well as massive property damage. (Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
A road is closed leading to the neighborhood near the blast-affected area in West, Texas on April 18, 2013. Rescuers in Texas combed through rubble in a painstaking search for survivors after the massive blast at a fertilizer plant killed as many as 15 people and destroyed dozens of homes the night before. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
WEST, TX - APRIL 18: Workers with Johnson Roofing cover up the window frames of Carol Anne Kocian's home with sheets of plywood on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. Kocian lives very close to the site of the deadly fertilizer plant explosion that blew out all the windows of her house Wednesday. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)
Devastation wrought by a massive blast at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas is seen on April 18, 2013. Rescuers in Texas combed through rubble in a painstaking search for survivors after a massive blast at a fertilizer factory killed as many as 15 people and destroyed dozens of homes. With the country already on edge after the deadly Boston Marathon attacks, the factory exploded April 17, 2013 with the force of a 2.1-magnitude earthquake, devastating much of the small town of West and sending up a toxic cloud. AFP PHOTO / Mira OBERMAN (Photo credit should read MIRA OBERMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WEST, TX - APRIL 18: The remains of an apartment complex next to the fertilizer plant that exploded yesterday afternoon on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. According to West Mayor Tommy Muska, around 14 people, including 10 first responders, were killed and more than 150 people were injured when the fertilizer company caught fire and exploded, leaving damaged buildings for blocks in every direction. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)
WEST, TX - APRIL 18: An explosion yesterday at the West Fertilizer Company destroyed this playground across the street, shown from the air on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. According to West Mayor Tommy Muska, around 14 people, including 10 first responders, were killed and more than 150 people were injured when the fertilizer company caught fire and exploded, leaving damaged buildings for blocks in every direction. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WEST, TX - APRIL 18: Search and rescue workers comb through what remains of a 50-unit apartment building (foreground) the day after an explosion at the West Fertilizer Company (background) destroyed the building April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. According to West Mayor Tommy Muska, around 14 people, including 10 first responders, were killed and more than 150 people were injured when the fertilizer company caught fire and exploded, leaving damaged buildings for blocks in every direction. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WEST, TX - APRIL 18: The West Fertilizer Company, shown from the air, lies in ruins on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. According to West Mayor Tommy Muska, around 14 people, including 10 first responders, were killed and more than 150 people were injured when the fertilizer company caught fire and exploded yesterday, leaving damaged buildings for blocks in every direction. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WEST, TX - APRIL 18: An explosion yesterday at the West Fertilizer Company destroyed the West Rest Haven Nursing Home a block away, shown from the air on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. According to West Mayor Tommy Muska, around 14 people, including 10 first responders, were killed and more than 150 people were injured when the fertilizer company caught fire and exploded, leaving damaged buildings for blocks in every direction. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WEST, TX - APRIL 18: Search and rescue workers comb through what remains of a 50-unit apartment building the day after an explosion at the West Fertilizer Company destroyed the building April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. According to West Mayor Tommy Muska, around 14 people, including 10 first responders, were killed and more than 150 people were injured when the fertilizer company caught fire and exploded, leaving damaged buildings for blocks in every direction. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WEST, TX - APRIL 18: A deer head mount sits inside a damaged car parked next to the apartment complex that was severely damaged by yesterday's explosion at the fertilizer plant on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. According to West Mayor Tommy Muska, around 14 people, including 10 first responders, were killed and more than 150 people were injured when the fertilizer company caught fire and exploded, leaving damaged buildings for blocks in every direction. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)
WEST, TEXAS, UNITED STATES - APRIL 19, 2013: This is a zoomed in satellite image taken on April 19, 2013 of the West Ferilizer Plant after an explosion occured April 17, 2013. (Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)
WEST, TX - APRIL 18: Smoke still rises from the rubble of a housenext to the fertilizer plant that exploded yesterday afternoon on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. According to West Mayor Tommy Muska, around 14 people, including 10 first responders, were killed and more than 150 people were injured when the fertilizer company caught fire and exploded, leaving damaged buildings for blocks in every direction. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)
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No arrests have been made yet, Elder said, adding that investigators had eliminated accidental and natural causes for the incident.

More than 400 interviews have been conducted and more than $2 million was spent on the probe, which is still active and ongoing, Elder said.

Of the 15 who died in the April 17, 2013 fire and explosion, a dozen were first responders, Elder said. Many other people were injured and more than 500 homes destroyed.

See more from the scene in this raw footage below:

Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Caught on Video

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