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UPDATE: Texas Governor Says Blast Search, Rescue Largely Complete

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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UPDATE: Friday, April 19, 2013

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says search and rescue operations have been largely completed in the small town where a fertilizer plant explosion killed 14 people and injured about 200 others.

Flanked by local officials, Perry told a Friday afternoon news conference that all affected buildings in West, Texas, had been cleared with possibly the exception of one burned home.

Officials had said earlier that they had searched and cleared 150 buildings by Friday morning and planned to examine another 25 during the day.

Friday, April 19, 2013

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.


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