West High School being razed after plant blast

West High School being razed after plant blast

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Firefighters conduct search and rescue of an apartment destroyed by an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, Thursday, April 18, 2013. A massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160, officials said overnight. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on December 13, 2013 at 9:22 AM

WEST, Texas (AP) -- Crews have begun tearing down a Central Texas high school that was severely damaged in an April fertilizer plant explosion that claimed 15 lives.

The superintendent of the West Independent School District says everything salvageable has been removed from West High School. Marty Crawford says demolition that began Wednesday should take several weeks.

The April 17 blast also damaged intermediate and middle schools in West, about 80 miles south of Fort Worth.

School board president Larry Hykel says a new high school and a new combined middle and intermediate school will be built at the same site and should open in 2015.

Crawford has estimated rebuilding could cost up to $60 million. A final figure has not been reached with insurers.

Portable classrooms are being used for displaced students.
 

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