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Firefighter Who Survived West Explosion Says Blast Blew Him Out Of His Boots

Robert Payne was one of the first responders to rush to fight a fire at a West fertilizer plant last month.


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West Donations To Be Processed By One Charity

The Waco Foundation has been designated to handle all monetary donations designated for the town and its citizens.


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West Explosion Takes Center Stage In Austin

The deadly explosion in West is the focus of a special hearing at the Texas Legislature. Lawmakers are expected to press investigators and regulators for answers about the blast.


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Tough Decisions Facing West Homeowners

In West, professional restoration companies and contractors are now being allowed into the hardest hit neighborhood closest to the fertilizer plant.

CBS 11–04/29/2013

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Hundreds Seek Help After West Plant Explosion

Red Cross officials say nearly 300 families have visited a relief center since a deadly fertilizer plant explosion decimated a Texas town.


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Water Did Not Trigger West Fertilizer Plant Explosion

Authorities absolved the firefighters of any blame after some speculation that water used in fighting the original fire at the West Fertilizer plant may have triggered the explosion.


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West Resident Plans To Attend A Dozen Funerals

In West, police will begin escorting homeowners into the previously restricted area beginning Saturday morning at 7:00.

CBS 11–04/26/2013

Valley Mills Fire Department personnel walk among the remains of an apartment complex next to the fertilizer plant that exploded  on April 17, 2013 in West, Texas. (credit: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Meager Funds Coming In For West Explosion Victims

Donations for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings have reportedly reached more than $26 million, but so far the money raised to help victims in West, Texas is less than $500,000.


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Thousands Attend Memorial Service For Fallen West First Responders

Standing on a stage behind flag-covered caskets, President Barack Obama told the residents of West that while he and others may not live in Texas, they are neighbors, and are also grappling with the town’s loss.

CBS 11–04/26/2013

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VIDEO: Entire West Firefighter Memorial Service

Complete coverage of nearly three hour memorial service dedicated to 12 first responders who lost their lives in West Fertilizer plant explosion.


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One Week Later, West Families Still Waiting To See Their Homes

In West, there are still too many questions, too much work, and too much worry for the devastated city to stop moving—even to mourn.

CBS 11–04/25/2013

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Victims Of West Plant Explosion Remembered In Waco

It started with a procession that included dozens of fire trucks and cars and pickups filled with men and women in uniform. The memorial service for those killed in the West Fertilizer Company explosion was held at the Ferrell Center on the Baylor University campus.