Memorial Service for Victims of Texas Plant Explosion

Everyone in a town of approximately 2,800 people is affected

Saturday, April 20, 2013

WEST, Texas (AP) —  Two days after the fertilizer facility exploded in a blinding fireball, authorities announced Friday that they had recovered 14 bodies, confirming for the first time an exact number of people killed. Grieving relatives filed into a church offering comfort for families, as volunteers nearby handed out food to those still unable to return to homes damaged by the massive blast. Ten of the dead were first-responders — including five from the West Volunteer Fire Department and four emergency medics, West Mayor Tommy Muska said.

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