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May 16th, 2013
10:05 PM ET

Arson not ruled out in Texas explosion

Investigators have not ruled out an intentional fire being behind explosions at a fertilizer plant in the small town of West that left 15 people dead, the Texas fire marshal said Thursday.

State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy said investigators were unable to rule out three possible causes, including a spark from a golf cart, an electrical short or an intentionally set fire.

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May 16th, 2013
09:43 PM ET

Code Orange after Texas tornadoes

Dr. Kerri Sistrunk says emergency personnel and the medical community came together to help victims in Granbury, Texas. She tells Anderson Cooper that they prepared for the disaster, but never really expected it.

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May 15th, 2013
11:55 PM ET

Deadly tornado hits Texas

The Hood County, Texas sheriff confirmed multiple fatalities after a tornado touched down. Matt Zavadsky, spokesman for MedStar Mobile Healthcare, said there were reports of at least 100 people injured in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Darkness and power outages make the chaotic situation more difficult for rescue crews.

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April 19th, 2013
12:45 AM ET

Texas couple saved nursing home residents

Billy and Steffanie Burch ran into a destroyed nursing home in West, Texas to rescue victims after the fertilizer plant explosion. They spoke with Anderson Cooper about the devastating incident.

April 19th, 2013
12:25 AM ET

Paramedic: Town became war zone

Brice Reed, a paramedic in West, Texas, talks about the community's strength and their shared sorrow over the deadly explosion.

April 18th, 2013
11:29 PM ET

Texas family in video surprised by blast

Derrick and Khloey Hurtt, the father and daughter heard in a viral video of the West, Texas blast, tell Anderson Cooper that they expected to see an explosion, but were stunned by the magnitude of the blast.

April 18th, 2013
11:16 PM ET

West, Texas explosion caught on camera

Witnesses who saw the fertilizer plant in West, Texas go up in flames and then explode recorded the massive blast and mayhem.

April 18th, 2013
10:41 PM ET

West, Texas explosion timeline

Anderson Cooper looks at the moments before a fertilizer plant in West, Texas exploded, and the destruction that followed.

April 18th, 2013
09:53 PM ET

Family's house destroyed in Texas blast

Anderson Cooper meets a family left homeless following Wednesday night's fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. They had lived in the destroyed house, which was 300 yards from the plant, since 1968.

"I never heard a blast like that," says Willie "Pee Wee" Zahirniak. He tells Anderson that he and his wife weren't in their home during the incident, and they credit their young grandson for getting them out and saving their lives.

April 18th, 2013
09:32 PM ET

A look inside homes damaged in Texas blast

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta gets exclusive access to homes and buildings damaged by a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. The wreckage indicates how significant the blast was for the residents and structures near the explosion site.

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