Search And Rescue Finishes In West Plant Explosion

WEST, Texas (AP) — A state search and rescue team has completed its mission in a Central Texas town battered by a fertilizer plant explosion.

Texas Task Force 1 is pulling its heavy equipment and members out of West on Saturday after finishing a search and rescue of a swath of the town decimated by the Wednesday night explosion.

Operations Chief Jeff Saunders says the group is more accustomed to dealing with the aftermath of tornadoes and hurricanes, not industrial explosions. He says they are preparing equipment to return to College Station.

Saunders says the team completed Friday a search of the plant site and a final sweep of a devastated nearby apartment complex. He declined to say what they saw, citing an ongoing investigation.

Texas Task Force 2 left Friday evening.

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