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Texas governor praises town damaged in 2013 fertilizer blast

WEST, Texas (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott has praised first responders and residents of a Central Texas town for working together on recovery after a 2013 fertilizer plant fire and explosion claimed 15 lives.

Ceremonies were held Saturday to dedicate the City of West Fallen Heroes Memorial, located outdoors in a park in the community about 65 miles (104.6 kilometers) south of Dallas. Several hundred people attended the event, which was moved indoors due to storms on Saturday.

Abbott said he’s proud of everyone who worked to make West “better than it’s ever been” after the April 17, 2013, blast at the West Fertilizer Co. plant. A dozen emergency responders and three residents died. Hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed.

Architect and ex-resident Kurt Vrbas designed the memorial featuring a reflecting pool and plaques.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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