For West pastor and family, new home means recovery | ABPnews

bng-logoJohn Crowder, pastor of First Baptist Church in West, Texas, was among the last to see his family’s home rebuilt after a fertilizer plant explosion flattened it in April 2013. He and his church have been busy making sure others got into their homes first.

By Jeff Brumley

It’s much quieter these days in West, the tiny Texas town partially flattened by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion in April 2013.

Gone are the convoys of semis and church trailers hauling debris and construction supplies, lawn equipment and food. Missing are the masses of teen, middle-aged and senior citizen volunteers, decked in fluorescent T-shirts, wielding shovels, wheelbarrows  and coolers filled with ice water.

And most of the residential mowing and weed-eating nowadays is being done by local residents, not visitors from Oklahoma, Arkansas and other parts of Texas and the nation.

But another sign that West is moving on from the blast that killed 15 and injured 226 is that John Crowder and his wife, Lisa, are set to move into a newly constructed home on their lot of some eight years — probably this week. Continue reading →

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