Local Rancher Reacts to West Fertilizer Plant Explosion

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

Residents of West are on the hearts and minds of people across the country, including those that did business in the town.

"You walked in the door and it was like an old country store feeling," said Bill Osborn.

Osborn owns a tractor service in Bryan and over the years he's done business with the West Fertilizer Company.

In his eyes, the plant operated with safety in mind.

"When I pulled up and I wanted to go in and check it out, they said safety was first. They said no sir, employees only. We can't take a chance," said Osborn about the fertilizer plant.

As he watched the explosion and aftermath on TV overnight, a range of emotions came over Bill.

"You can believe what you're seeing, the next is your heart just sinks for those affected and the next was, what can I do to help," said Osborn

With so much support on hand, Bill is keeping up to date and waiting to hear if he can offer a helping hand.

"My prayers are what I have to offer right now. If I could go help, I would. If they need my tractor, I'll be there. It's just what I do," said Osborn

Osborn used fertilizer from the West Fertilizer Company to build wild life food plots.


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, Trolling or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to comments@kbtx.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus
KBTX-TV Channel 3 4141 E. 29th Street Bryan, TX 77802 Phone: (979) 846-7777 Fax: (979) 846-1490 News Fax: (979) 846-1888
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 203677871 - kbtx.com/a?a=203677871