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More West residents see damaged homes for first time


The city of West is now in stage two of the re-entry process and opened up more parts of the town to residents, Sunday. People were allowed to visit their homes and grab what they need for the first time since the explosion.      

Officials have shrunk the perimeter and opened up zone two from south spring street to Walnut Street. People living in zone two returned home to more significant damage. One house was so badly damaged the bricks were blown off by the blast.

David Polansky was emotional when he returned to his childhood home with his father for the first time after the explosion. Polansky's father lived in the house for more than 50 years.

"You just don't know. I mean my mother died in 2002 and that feeling is almost the same you know. It's just, you're crushed," said Polansky. "It's sad, it's sad you know. I lived here since I was probably 3, 4 years old. And now I guess we're going to have to watch them tear it down. I just don't think they can fix it.

 Like others Polansky's father's home had major structural damage both inside and out.

"We were just trying to be optimistic. But the insurance man told us he said, just be prepared for the worst. I don't think it's livable, I really don't. There's too much damage in there," said Polansky.  

The immediate area around the blast site is still blocked off and no timeline was given on when it would be reopened.

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