Local Sherriff Says Texas Blast First Responders 'Didn't Have A Chance'

Twelve firefighters, paramedics were killed trying to put out initial fire in fertilizer plant explo
1:27 | 04/21/13

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We turn to texas. Where we're learning that the first responders who rushed in to put out the massive fire at the fertilizer plant in west, they paid a staggering price. Much higher than we initially thought. Abc's steve osunsami is there tonight. Reporter: Today outside that massive explosion site at that texas fertilizer plant, the local sheriff told us that the first responders who died didn't have a cha 14 people were killed. And authorities say 12 of them were firefighters and paramedics and others who were there trying to put out the initial fire that may have caused the explosion. Our priority today is the line of duty death investigation for the firefighters and first responders who lost their lives in this incident. Reporter: It's one of the greatest losses of first responders since the 2007 charleston factory fire that killed nine. In texas, some families were allowed home. I just wanted to come I wanted to see my house. Reporter: Mary says her house is broken. But she is not. Tall be fixed. It's going to take a little while. Reporter: Home oowners who they are letting in now, are far away from the fertilizer. They're worried about broken gas pipes or pipes connected to the plant, causing another deadly blast. Steve osunsami, abc news, west, texas.

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