Inside look at West blast zone

Inside look at West blast zone

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Thursday FOX 7 got a first ground level look at the center of the blast zone in the town of West. Two weeks ago a fertilizer plant caught fire and exploded claiming 14 lives and damaging a large part of town.

Thursday morning a video camera was allowed on site while investigative teams continued to search for what sparked the fire that led to the deadly explosion.

The 80-person team includes agents with the ATF as well as state crews.

Authorities Wednesday described the scene as an archeological dig but by the images recorded today, that's an understatement.

The plan is to have the work here done by May 10.

Thursday the mayor pro-tem explained why the focus is on the recovering now and not the cause.

"Of course we are going to be healing for a long time, burying our loved ones, it's going to be a long process. It is important its on the back burner right now … Want to concentrate on our families and friends and that will come in the future the right people, have it in their hands and when it comes time they will let us know what the cause was," West Mayor Pro-tem Steve Vanek said.

The blast which was captured by several video cameras created a powerful shock wave. We're told 350 structures were damaged.

Thursday, residents who live in zone 3, which is closest to the fertilizer plant, continued to secure their homes and salvage what they could. Seventy homes are classified as uninhabitable and 84 have restricted access and may be repaired.

The creation of a central disaster relief fund was announced today. So far $270,000 has been raised.

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