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Family Looks Ahead After Losing Son & Home In West Blast

Some people in West lost family members the night of April 17, 2013. Some lost their homes and there are others who lost both. One of those families spoke with CBS 11 News about the last year and how they’re rebuilding their lives.

CBSDFW.COM–04/17/2014

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Thousands Pay Tribute To Victims Of West Explosion

There wasn’t an empty seat at Tokio Baptist Church where thousands came to pay tribute to the 12 first responders, who died when the West fertilizer plant exploded on April 17, 2013.

04/17/2014

Site where an apartment complex once sat in West, Texas. Most of the complex, which was near the West Fertilizer Co. plant, was completely destroyed in the April 17, 2013 blast. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Officials In West Considering Building New Fertilizer Plant

As the state remembers West, Texas on the one-year anniversary of a deadly explosion, the mayor in the town acknowledged that local officials are considering building a new fertilizer plant.

04/17/2014

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Local Man Builds His Own Memorial For West First-Responders

There is a permanent memorial to the first responders who died in West, Texas, but it’s not actually in West. The monumental tribute was built by just one man, who didn’t have a lot of money to spend and received no help.

CBSDFW.COM–04/17/2014

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Family Remembers Dallas Firefighter Killed In West

A Dallas family remembers their father, Lucky, who courageously responded to the fire in West and never returned.

04/17/2014

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Memorial To Honor Victims Of West Explosion On One-Year Anniversary

Friends and family in the small town of West are preparing to honor victims of the deadly fertilizer plant explosion that occurred one year ago today.

04/17/2014

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West Volunteer Firefighter On-Duty Again

Months after surviving the fertilizer plant explosion, which rocked the small town of West, volunteer firefighter Robert Payne has started going out on calls again.

04/16/2014

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State Awards $4.8M To Recovery Efforts In West

State officials say an additional $4.8 million in disaster assistance will be provided to the Central Texas community of West as it continues to rebuild from the devastating fertilizer plant explosion last year that killed 15.

04/16/2014

Mayor Tommy Muska of West, Texas is backstage chatting with the press at Texas Thunder Festival 2013 on May 18, 2013 in Gardendale, Texas. (credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images For Texas Thunder)

1 Year After Blast, West Mayor Sees Progress

One year after the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, the town’s leader likes what he sees. “It’s a smile on my face,” said Mayor Tommy Muska. “That humming is progress.”

04/16/2014

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Residents Who Recorded West Plant Explosion Tell Story Behind Video

It was around 7:30 p.m. on April 17, 2013. Derrick Hurtt had just picked up his then 12-year-old daughter, Khloey, from their church in West, when they spotted a rising plume of dark smoke, and went to check it out.

CBS 11–04/15/2014

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New Addition Helps Family Deal With Loss Of Loved One In West Explosion

This week marks one year since the West Fertilizer Plant explosion. The blast killed 15 people — including father and volunteer firefighter Perry Calvin. His family spoke with CBS 11 News about their unexpected loss.

CBSDFW.COM–04/14/2014

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Fire Chief Urges Changes Ahead Of West Anniversary

The state fire marshal wants 46 facilities that store ammonium nitrate in Texas to make safety improvements following the deadly West fertilizer plant explosion last year.

04/14/2014

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