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Water Did Not Trigger West Fertilizer Plant Explosion

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WEST (CBSDFW.COM) – Some residents of the hardest hit area in West, Texas will be allowed to go back and see what’s left of their property 10 days after the fertilizer plant explosion that claimed 14 lives.

Investigators continue to treat the site as a crime scene, with no word on what caused the explosion.  Friday evening, authorities absolved the firefighters of any blame after some speculation that the water used in fighting the original fire at the plant may have triggered the explosion.

Friday night, state troopers continued to block access around the most damaged section of West.  On Saturday morning at 7, homeowners in the neighborhood called zone 3 will be allowed back for the first time since the explosion.   Dr. George Smith, the EMS director for West, is among those who live in the ravaged neighborhood.

“Every window, every door, my front door is about 20 feet inside the house. It’s probably going to have to be demolished,” says Smith of his home.

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Smith spent Friday attending the funerals of two volunteer firefighters killed in the blast.  He says he plans to attend all 12 services, one for each first responder killed in the explosion.

Joey Pustejovsky, also the town’s city secretary, was laid to rest on Friday.  His grieving widow spoke about her pain in a video tribute during his memorial service.

“Words cannot express how much i’m going to miss my husband. He was my everything,” said Kelly Pustejovsky during the taped message.

A memorial service was also held for Cyrus Reed in Hillsboro, Texas on Friday afternoon.

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