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Residents, crews return to West following blast

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People, forced from their homes, following last week's fertilizer plant explosion in central Texas are finally getting a chance to see what's left.

On Sunday morning, Sky 4 spotted crews arriving at the blast site in their trucks for unspecified work.

Crews were also seen inspecting the damaged rail lines that run through the town of West, Texas.

An overnight curfew for people who live in the neighborhood near the plant was lifted at sunrise.

Inspectors said it was ok for some people to return home Saturday as long as they stayed in the homes overnight, or left before sundown.

Police are patrolling the streets inside the secured area and there are strict checkpoints.

"They can stay but they have to stay on their property. they can't walk around and there will be law enforcement there to keep all this enforced and there will be a lot of law enforcement, said West Mayor Pro-Tem Steve Vanek

Residents waited in their vehicles and formed long lines at checkpoints anxious to get a closer look at their now devastated neighborhood.

"I've got three girls, been living in a hotel since it happened so we've been waiting. We don't know the extent of the damage of the house yet," said West Resident Elizabeth Markez.

The blast leveled homes and blew out the windows of vehicles, causing their airbags to deploy.

Some of the victims are already hiring contractors, while others are still waiting for their loved ones' remains to be released so they can hold their funerals.

The death toll remains at 14. The mayor says 10 of those killed were first responders.

A memorial service for all the victims is scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m. in Waco. The service will take place at the Ferrell Center on Baylor University's campus.

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