- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 18, 2013

President Obama offered prayers Thursday for the community of West, Texas, that was devastated by an explosion at a fertilizer plant.

“A tight-knit community has been shaken, and good, hard-working people have lost their lives,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “I want to thank the first responders who worked tirelessly through the night to contain the situation and treat the wounded.”

The president said FEMA and other federal agencies are “in close contact” with state and local officials to aid in the search and rescue operations.

“West is a town that many Texans hold near and dear to their hearts, and as residents continue to respond to this tragedy, they will have the support of the American people,” Mr. Obama said.

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