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West Fertilizer Explosion

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Athens Plant Fire Treated As Crime Scene

More than 300 residents were evacuated from their homes Thursday after a fire started at a fertilizer storage facility in the east Texas city of Athens. Thankfully, nobody was hurt.

05/30/2014

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Report On West Recommends More Firefighter Training & Planning

A new state fire marshal report, investigating the firefighter deaths when the West Fertilizer Company plant exploded in 2013, is making some recommendations when it comes to firefighter planning and training.

CBS 11–05/16/2014

Valley Mills Fire Department personnel view the railroad tracks near to the fertilizer plant that exploded on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. (credit: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Texas Agency To Report On West Blast

The men who died last year fighting a fire at a fertilizer plant that then exploded in West have been called heroes, but they have also been called victims of a failed system.

05/15/2014

The West Fertilizer Company, shown from the air, lies in ruins on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. (credit: Getty Images)

Residents Respond To Findings In West Fertilizer Blast Report

The fertilizer plant explosion in West that killed 15 people a year ago could have been prevented. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board presented its preliminary findings about the blast in front of a packed room of residents and town officials.

KRLD–04/22/2014

Valley Mills Fire Department personnel view the railroad tracks near to the fertilizer plant that exploded on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. (credit: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

CSB: West Firefighters Weren’t Aware Of Explosion Risk

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board found that West volunteer firefighters were not fully aware of the risk of ammonium nitrate exploding at the West Fertilizer Co. plant.

04/22/2014

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No New Safety Laws A Year After West Blast

It has been a year since a fire caused a huge explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant, yet companies in the state can still store hazardous chemicals in buildings without sprinklers.

04/22/2014

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Easter Services In West Mark New Beginning

Today’s Easter service was an important one for those in West, Texas, who this week marked the one year anniversary of the explosion that rocked the town.

04/20/2014

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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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