West seeks strength to endure disaster
Pete and jacki arias along with their eight year old son, sam, walk past the distribution center to pick up pet food to possibly feed their cat that remained in their home near the blast site.The arias's home was less than a half mile from the west fertilizer company explosion.Since wednesday, the family has stayed with a relative and have been frustrated by the lack of clear information on when they could return to their home.They were hoping to gain access to the home to at least drop off the food for their cat.
Eight year old sam arias sits alone in the back his parent's suv that is filled with supplies in west, texas on saturday, apr.20, 2013.Sam's parents, pete and jacki arias had been traveling to various community centers hoping to know when they could return to their home.The arias's home was less than a half mile from the west fertilizer company explosion.Since wednesday night, the family has stayed with a relative and have been frustrated by the lack of clear information on when they could return to their home.
Pete(Right)And jacki arias walk hand in hand with to the distribution center to pick up pet food to possibly feed their cat that remained in their home near the blast site.The arias's home was less than a half mile from the west fertilizer company explosion.Since wednesday night, the family has stayed with a relative and have been frustrated by the lack of clear information on when they could return to their home.They were hoping to gain access to the home to at least drop off the food for their cat.
This aerial photo shows a local school, at rear, and an apartment complex, at middle right, near a fertilizer plant explosion site thursday, april 18, 2013, in near west, texas.A massive explosion at the west fertilizer co.Killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160, officials said overnight.Wednesday, sent flames shooting into the night sky and rained burning embers and debris down on shocked and frightened residents. (Ap photo/tony gutierrez)
Firefighters set a brace to hold up a sagging beam during a search and rescue operation at an apartment complex destroyed by an explosion at a fertilizer plant in west, texas, thursday, april 18, 2013.A massive explosion at the west fertilizer co.Killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160, officials said overnight.Wednesday, sent flames shooting into the night sky and rained burning embers and debris down on shocked and frightened residents. (Ap photo/tony gutierrez)
A firefighter walks past a pickup truck with debris from a storage shed on it at a fertilizer plant in west, texas after an explosion wednesday april 17, 2013.A massive explosion at the fertilizer plant near waco on wednesday night injured dozens of people and sent flames shooting into the night sky, leaving the factory a smoldering ruin following a blast that damaged buildings for blocks in every direction. (Ap photo/the dallas morning news, michael ainsworth)Mandatory credit;Mags out;Tv out;Internet use by ap members only;No sales
West as the people of this town shared hugs and tears in church services sunday and mourned the loss of 15 of their neighbors, investigators announced they had identified the"Seat"Of wednesday night's explosion at ralph lauren italia outlet online
the local fertilizer plant.
"Knowing the seat of that explosion is important,", assistant state fire marshal, told reporters in front of West City Hall.
"We do have a large crater,"He said, declining to give details on its location or dimensions.
The blast killed 12 first responders and two residents in an apartment building that was torn to shreds.A nursing home resident also died during an evacuation after the explosion.
Residents began trickling back to their ruined homes this weekend in a phased and closely guarded return.Curfew is in effect.Law enforcement officers are guarding the neighborhoods.
, 35, and his wife, Tamisha, 26, of Dallas returned to their home Sunday to salvage their belongings and check on neighbors.The family's plans to settle down in west after the recent birth of their daughter came to an abrupt end after the explosion left their house uninhabitable.
The house is still standing, but the roof is buckled and the doors and windows were blown off.A shed that stood in front of the house was leveled.
"We were lucky that we weren't here, and all the damage is monetary,"Robert boles said. "Houses can be rebuilt, but something like that(He pointed to a portrait of his daughter).You can't replace that. "
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and strength in houses of worship.
Some congregations had to improvise.The first opened its doors to members of the, the closest church to the fertilizer plant.It was devastated in the blast.Leaders of both churches spoke during the service and encouraged worshippers to find strength in god.
With the damaged building still blockaded, senior delivered his sermon from the flatbed of an 18 wheeler parked in a hayfield.
About 85 percent of the west population is catholic, and much of the town filled the pews at st.Mary's, about a mile from the blast site and undamaged.Roughly 1, 000 worshippers, including the czech ambassador to the united states, heard bishop joe of the diocese of austin urge them"To receive strength and consolation and to give it. "
Vasquez also reminded parishioners not to rush the healing process but to be patient with themselves and each other. "Let the lord carry you on his shoulders,"He said.
In the hayfield, church members and volunteers who had converged on the town sat in donated white folding chairs and greeted each other with smiles and hugs.It was the first time many had seen one another since wednesday's blast.
Crowder said he began getting calls almost immediately after the explosion from people asking if services would be conducted sunday.
"It's interesting what people think about and in what order,"He said. "My answer from the very beginning was, 'we're having church.I just don't know where.' So we waited until we found out that we were not going to be able to have church at church, and we were able to work this out. "
Susan bleidt, a church member whose home was unaffected, said the sermon helped.She said she knew some of the firefighters who were killed.
"We're still in shock,"She said.Thursday at the at in nearby waco.The arena seats more than 10, ralph lauren italia outlet
000 people for basketball.
"We expect a very large event,"Said, executive board secretary with the nonprofit task force.He said the deaths of west firefighters and other emergency personnel has"Hit close to home"For all first responders.
"We're a family,"He said. "We all understand the close relationship that these guys have locally. "
At the united church of christ, about 50 worshipers most of them from the visiting brethren church shared hugs, tears and a few laughs as they grieved and thanked local heroes who responded.