Majority of deaths in West, Texas explosion were first responders

A "God Bless West" sign in West, Texas on April 19, 2013. The bodies of 12 people have been recovered after an enormous Texas fertilizer plant explosion that demolished surrounding neighborhoods for blocks and left about 200 other people injured.
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(CBS News) The little town of West, not far from Waco, Texas, remains a scene of destruction, three days after an enormous explosion at a fertilizer plant. The road into the site is still closed and will remain so for the foreseeable future.

Wednesday's massive explosion could be felt 50 miles away. Authorities have estimated that more than 50 homes have been destroyed and 200 people injured.

On Friday crews were still searching for survivors. Authorities said they've recovered 14 bodies, a majority of them volunteer firefighters and emergency medical workers.

Gina Rodriguez's boyfriend, Jerry Champman was one of them. She said her boyfriend was about to fulfill his dream of becoming an EMT.

"I couldn't wait to get out of work to go see him," she said. "He had butterflies in my stomach. Every chance I got to spend time with him. We're always together, and now we're incomplete."

In a town with so much damage, nothing compares to the emotional toll.

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The reason for the disaster remains unknown; at least six state and federal agencies looking into the cause of the fire and subsequent blast.

Meanwhile, donation centers have been set up to help people like Champman's family. It is indeed a community that looks after its own.

Last night the president made mention of the community in West, Texas, during his news conference about Boston. "I want them to know that they are not forgotten," he said.