President Obama to Attend Service for Texas Firefighters

President Barack Obama will attend a memorial service planned for the firefighters who were among the 14 people killed in last week’s explosion at a fertilizer plant in West (TX), reports Bloomberg News.

Obama will attend the April 25 service in Waco. Ten firefighters and emergency medical personnel, along with two West residents who were helping to fight the initial fire at the plant, were among those who died in the April 17 blast.

The blast injured 200 people, flattened 50 homes and an apartment complex and closed three schools in the city of 2,800, which is about 80 miles south of Dallas. Three of West’s fire trucks and an emergency medical service vehicle were destroyed, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

State and federal investigators have begun excavating a crater left when Adair Grain Inc.’s West Fertilizer Co. facility exploded. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has 60 agents and specialists such as engineers and chemists at the scene, Special Agent Franceska Perot, a spokeswoman, said.

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