By Brian New

WEST (CBSDFW.COM) – More West residents returned to their homes Sunday night as officials opened additional sections of the neighborhood for the first time since the explosion.

Eight-year-old Samuel Arias and his family returned home to a house full of shattered glass.

Nearly all of the windows had been blown in from the blast.

Parts of the ceiling had also caved in and in some rooms even fell down.

“Luckily we can get it fixed,” said the optimistic second grader who will return to school on Monday.

Down the street the scene was much the same at John Klander’s home.

“This is just material. Even if it leveled it as long as my family is safe and they were,” he said. “I could care less if it’s tore-up.
I lost friends out there just like everyone else in this town.”

Meanwhile out in front of the city hall, statements were read by firefighters on behalf of some of the families of the ten firefighters who were killed in the explosion.

Steve Athey, a firefighter from Denton County, read a statement of behalf of the family of Abbott firefighter Jerry Chapman.

“His faith in God and his fellow firefighter gave him the strength to lay down his life for others,” read Athey.

Complete Coverage Of West Fertilizer Explosion

Also Check Out:


(©2013 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

More From CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Drip Pan: CBS Local App
Drip Pan: Weather App

Watch & Listen LIVE