West residents witness the worst of explosion damage

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by TODD UNGER

WFAA

Posted on April 28, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 6 at 8:04 PM

WEST, Texas — All residents of West, Texas are now permitted to return to their homes following the April 17 explosion at a fertilizer company.

People in Zone 3 — the hardest-hit area closest to the epicenter — finally got to see what was left of an estimated 180 homes this weekend. 

There is massive devastation on every block near the explosion site. Roofs are collapsed; windows are blown out; cars are scorched or damaged; and some homes simply burned to the ground.

Residents are only being permitted to collect valuables before they must leave.

Only five of the homes in Zone 3 are actually liveable.

More funerals are expected this week for some of the 15 victims, and there was another town hall meeting Sunday afternoon to update residents on the clean-up progress and how to deal with the insurance bureaucracy.

But there is no doubt about one thing: No one is going to be living in Zone 3 for months to come.

E-mail tunger@wfaa.com

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