Official toll in Texas fertilizer plant explosion still murky, but residents know who is gone

Death Toll in Texas Plant Explosion Undetermined

Even as investigators were tight-lipped about the number of dead from the blast, the dead were becoming known in the town of 2,800

by The Washington Post, April 19, 2013

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 Official toll in Texas fertilizer plant explosion still murky, but residents know who is gone

Official toll in Texas fertilizer plant explosion still murky, but residents know who is gone

The neighborhood surrounding a Texas fertilizer plant that erupted in a thunderous explosion is gone, and the residents here know they’ve lost more than the buildings that went up in flames.

Even as investigators were tight-lipped about the number of dead from the blast — authorities say more than 160 are injured but have not yet released a firm death toll — the names of the dead were becoming known in the town of 2,800, even if they hadn’t been officially released.

Believed to be among them is a small group of firefighters and other first responders who may have rushed toward the fire to fight it before the blast. At a church service at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church on Thursday night, the mourning was already starting.

Read it at The Washington Post.

 
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