Reporter tours destroyed West neighborhood at ground level

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by DAVID SCHECHTER

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WFAA

Posted on April 19, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 2:57 AM

On Thursday, News 8's David Schechter toured through the some of the areas hardest hit by Wednesday's explosion at a fertilizer storage facility. He found the story was better told in pictures.

WEST, Texas -- The neighborhoods that surround the blast zone felt like hallowed ground.

They were empty of the people that live there, but their empty buildings told a story.

Here a water heater and bathtub perched up on an island of blackened timbers, there vinyl siding melted like cake frosting, and around the corner, a lonely dog, waiting for its owner to return.

Mangled garage doors were everywhere. So were busted bricks and even 10-pound concrete chunks scattered around the West nursing home that was so close to the blast.

There’s no sense here that West cannot or will not overcome.

It certainly will reopen its damaged classrooms. It certainly will rebuild its historic dance hall.

It certainly will.

E-mail dschechter@wfaa.com

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