WEST, Texas (AP) — The mayor of a Texas town devastated by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion says he expects the community to rebuild and he'll do the same.
West Mayor Tommy Muska said Tuesday that his hometown of about 2,700 has received donations from across the country since the April 17 accident.
Investigators are trying to determine what sparked the blast that leveled the West Fertilizer Co. plant, left 14 people dead and damaged dozens of structures.
Muska says town officials are seeking state and federal assistance. He says the community is strong, resilient and "it will come back."
The 55-year-old mayor and insurance agent says his damaged four-bedroom home must be demolished but he'll rebuild. Muska, his wife and 14-year-old daughter are renting a house in an undamaged part of West.
Meanwhile, people near the site of a deadly fertilizer plant explosion in Central Texas have been advised that smoke could be generated as part of the investigation.
Officials in West say heavy equipment will be used on Tuesday to remove debris and grain and that could lead to smoke — but residents shouldn't be alarmed.
Authorities say it's part of the process to determine what caused the fiery April 17 blast that killed 14 people. Another 200 people were hurt in the explosion that damaged or destroyed dozens of buildings in West, located about 70 miles south of Fort Worth.
A boil water notice remains in effect.
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