Plant Blast Still Mars Texas Town This Christmas

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WEST, Texas (AP) In the Central Texas town where 15 people were killed in a massive fertilizer plant explosion in April, Christmas is different this year. And 2014 is looking better.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports ( ) Wednesday that some residents hung lights on new homes built after their old ones were flattened by the April 17 explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. Some had Christmas trees. And many celebrated in rental or temporary homes.

But they are grateful they survived the blast and fire that swept through the facility, leaving a gaping hole where once there were houses, schools and a nursing home.

George Smith is a doctor who helped remove elderly people from the collapsed nursing home the night of the blast. He says he's happy to see 2013 end.

Information from: Waco Tribune-Herald