Fertilizer plant explosion levels several blocks of small Texas town

More Families In West Return To Battered Homes

On Monday, West ISD will move students to other buildings and neighboring Connally ISD

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    Residents of some of most damaged homes in West return to heartache. 1500 students will go back to class in different classrooms on Monday. (Published Monday, April 22, 2013)

    About half a mile from the site of the plant explosion, sits Dee Dablin’s home.

    It is still standing, however much of the inside, is not. Much of her belongings are scattered everywhere, some of it even destroyed.

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    “It’s unbelievable, just unbelievable,” she said amid her tears.

    It is like that street by street in zone two, a four block area near the plant.

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    [DFW] West Residents Slowly Allowed to Return Home
    Officials told residents of West they would be allowed to return home in phases beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday and a curfew would be in effect. (Published Saturday, April 20, 2013)

    Jimmy Polansky’s house is in bad shape as well. He also discovered looting, several guns were stolen. For Polansky’s son, it is heartbreaking seeing his childhood house this way.

    “I don’t think they can fix it, we have ceilings down,” said David Polansky. “My mother died in 2002, and that feeling is almost the same, you’re just crushed to see all this.”

    As police take into account what’s lost, folks take comfort in knowing they have something more valuable than their homes; they have their lives.

    “Thank God they’re alive,” said another neighbor, Scott Tacker hugging his family, “God was watching over them, we’re lucky.”

    There is no word yet on when the closest neighborhood to plant will be opened.

    There are two schools in this zone, which sustained damage and will be closed on Monday. West ISD will move students to other buildings, portables and even use some classroom space in neighboring Connally ISD.

    West Fertilizer Plant Explosion
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