Wednesday night changed the face of the little town of West forever. Just 2,800 people live in the tight knit community.
So when the fertilizer plant caught on fire and ultimately exploded with earthquake proportions, the town reacted with shock, sadness, horror but they've ultimately banded together to help their neighbors.
"We were on the corner of the nursing home, I jumped out and started went to that east door and people were just saying what can we do and it's like I don't know but we started pulling on them and they got people there to help. And they ran down that hall which was totally blown up," said West resident Janet Haisler.
"People are scared, people are wanting to pray, people are concerned, people are you know…it was a terrible accident," Bryan, who witnesses the explosion.
"We just moved here…and we were just getting settled, we haven't been here that long. And so if we lost everything then we don't know what we're gonna do," resident Julie Zahirniak.
Crews are still searching diligently through the ruins of houses, apartments and businesses in hopes of finding people alive, many times putting their own lives at risk.