Apr 19, 2013 10:57 PM by Mike Manzoni -- email@example.com
WEST -- Two days after a fertilizer plant explosion killed at least 12 people and injured another 200, residents of the small north Texas community gathered to start the cleanup process as several businesses reopened for the first time since the tragedy.
"The bakery is open, the dress shop, is open. It's business a usual," said Susanne Nemmer, who traveled from Waco to help sweep broken glass from the sidewalks. "These people aren't going to get down."
The bakery, on E. Oak Street, is one of many businesses in the downtown stretch of road that is more than a mile from the explosion site. Still, many windows are blown out.
Randy Ellison and his family are also helping out. But for him, it's personal. His best friend, Ken Harris, was one of the first firefighters to respond. He died in the fire. "We had just gotten off a fishing trip. [We] went back to Padre Island Sunday, and we got back Tuesday." Harris died Wednesday.
Officials with the Department of Public Safety announced Friday that 60 people are still missing, adding that what was a rescue operation is now a recovery one.