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Sunday Explosion Update

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WEST, Texas (AP) _ A second group of families that had been kept away from their battered houses since last week’s deadly Texas fertilizer plant explosion is being allowed to return to their homes.

Steve Vanek, the mayor pro tem in the Texas town of West, announced Sunday that additional residents were being allowed to return. Residents in cars began lining up Sunday. The first group of residents went back on Saturday. West has about 2,800 residents.

They are being allowed back only under a curfew and strict warnings to not wander beyond their own yards.

Evacuated residents have been anxiously waiting to return and assess what is left of damaged homes after the blast Wednesday night at West Fertilizer Co. that killed 14 and injured 200 more.

WEST, Texas (AP) _ Officials as well as family members have identified four more first responders who died in last week’s deadly Texas fertilizer plant explosion.

At least 14 people died in Wednesday’s explosion at the plant in the Texas town of West. West Mayor Tommy Muska has said that 10 of the 14 who died were first responders.

On Sunday, professional organizations and family and friends identified four more of the first responders who died: brothers Doug and Robert Snokhous who were both firefighters with the West Volunteer Fire Department; Jerry Chapman, a firefighter with the Abbott Volunteer Fire Department; and Kevin Sanders worked with West EMS as well as another area volunteer fire department.

The blast at the West Fertilizer Co. also injured 200 people.

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Posted by on Apr 21 2013. Filed under Featured Stories, News.
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