WEST The insured losses from the deadly West Fertilizer Co. explosion is estimated to exceed $100 million, according to a statement released Wednesday morning by a state insurance trade group.

Insurance Council of Texas spokesman Mark Hanna said Wednesday that insured losses after the explosion included dozens of damaged homes, businesses and cars as well as the costs of resettling displaced residents.

Last week's explosion at West Fertilizer Co. left a crater 10 feet deep and 90 feet wide and totaled nearby homes and buildings. Wednesday, photographers got a first look inside the crater at the blast zone, which was littered with debris and burned remnants of equipment and trucks.

Workers are starting to clear out the edges of the area, but some piles of metal, dirt and rocks are still waist-high.

The homes closest to the plant have been kept off-limits as officials investigate the blast.

Hanna says he believes as many as 140 homes were destroyed, based on conversations with numerous insurance agents and adjusters.

The funeral for Dallas Fire-Rescue Capt. Kenneth Harris was held Wednesday afternoon. Services took place at the Saint Mary Church of the Assumption in West. Harris was a father of three. He lived in West but worked as a firefighter at Station 30 in Dallas.

Lt. Joel Lavender of Dallas Fire-Rescue said Harris responded to the blaze at the West Fertilizer Co. even though he wasn't a volunteer for the West Fire Department.

A visitation for Abbott volunteer firefighter Jerry Chapman, 26, will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors in Hillsboro. The family will have a private memorial soon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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