14 Bodies Recovered from West Texas Explosion Site
A law enforcement official says two more bodies have been recovered in the wake of the Texas fertilizer plant explosion, bring the death toll from the blast to 14.
Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jason Reyes did not say where the bodies were found but said more information would be provided later Friday.
He says the bodies will be sent to the Dallas County medical examiner’s office for identification.
Reyes earlier announced that 12 bodies had been recovered by Friday morning and that search and rescue efforts were ongoing.
The mourning already had begun at a church service at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church the previous night.
“We know everyone that was there first, in the beginning,” said Christina Rodarte, 46, who has lived in West for 27 years. “There’s no words for it. It is a small community, and everyone knows the first responders, because anytime there’s anything going on, the fire department is right there, all volunteer.”
One victim Rodarte knew and whose name was released was Kenny Harris, a 52-year-old captain in the Dallas Fire Department who lived south of West. He was off duty at the time but responded to the fire to help, according to a statement from the city of Dallas.
Authorities spent much of the day after Wednesday night’s blast searching the town for survivors. Reyes said those search and rescue efforts continued early Friday.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.