Just days after a powerful explosion at a fertilizer plant killed at least 14 people and injured more than 200 others, the people of West, Texas are trying to get back to their normal lives. Or at least as normal as possible.
Residents like in the four block area known as Zone 2 are in fact back in their houses, but the 7pm to 7am curfew remains in place. Bill Warren used his time back at home to get back to his routine.
“Just trying to get back to some normalcy. Or as normal as you can get after what happened,” Warren said.
Another resident, John Villanueva, says he is one of the lucky ones.
“It could have been a lot worse. It’s a lot worse for the people on the other side of town. They are devastated over there,” Villanueva explained.
Jacki Arias says getting back to a somewhat normal routine that will be a huge help for some of the town's children.
“You want your life to come back together. Especially for the kids. It’s so important to keep them on scheduled. If you don’t there’s something wrong in their world and they can’t function like they need to,” Arias explained.
Officials have identified the exact site of the explosion but still do not know what caused the fire. They also say they have seen nothing that would indicate this was anything more than an accident.
Ten of the 14 people that died were first responders. There will be a memorial service held at Baylor University on Thursday.