WEST TEXAS – Some residents displaced by a massive blast at a Texas fertilizer plant were allowed to return to their homes Saturday after an exhaustive search of the rubble found just 14 bodies.
Nearly all of the 60 people still unaccounted for had been found safe staying at area hotels or with friends or relatives.
Nearly all of the dead were firefighters who were struggling to contain the fire before it reached the ammonia tanks. Another 200 people were injured in Wednesday’s blast in West, a small town of 2,800 people south of Dallas.
Aerial footage of the blast site showed dozens of homes flattened, a 50-unit apartment complex torn to bits and twisted shards of metal at West Fertilizer, which was one of the town’s main employers. A nursing home and several schools were also badly damaged as the fire spread from building to building.