Blast kills 14 people and injures more than 170.
The Salvation Army responded after a large explosion at a fertilizer plant devastated the small city of West, Texas, on April 17. The blast killed 14 people and left more than 170 injured. It is estimated that 50 to 75 homes were damaged or destroyed, including a 50-unit apartment complex.
“The Salvation Army is working hard to support the first responders and citizens of West, with food and spiritual counseling services,” said Major Dan Ford, incident commander for The Salvation Army. “We lift up our hearts with the prayers of our fellow Texans for the hurting of this tight knit community.”
The Army provided refreshment, emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders at several locations. Disaster Canteens from Waco, Corsicana, Waxahachie, Fort Worth and Williamson County served on the scene—providing 1,623 meals, 1,211 drinks and 442 snacks.
This assistance will continue for the foreseeable future as The Salvation Army is committed to supporting the residents of this community as they return to their homes and begin rebuilding their lives.
“The Salvation Army counts it a privilege to be able to serve the people of West and first responders involved in this tragedy and we pray for everyone involved,” said Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas, Alvin Migues. “We look forward to helping wherever possible with continued food service, emotional and spiritual care, and prayer.”