One Clyde Woman Remembers the West Blast a Year Later

By Kimberly Sears |

Published 04/17 2014 10:17PM

Updated 04/17 2014 10:40PM

One year ago a fertilizer plant exploded in West, Texas near Waco. A ceremony was held Thursday evening, to remember the 15 lives that were lost, those who were injured, and the countless of people that were affected and still are.

One woman from Clyde was in West and describes the scene from personal experience.

Lillie Johnson's granddaughter called her after seven saying that her house had been destroyed from the explosion at the plant.

Johnson and her husband rushed to West to help her granddaughter. When she arrived she described the scene as a war zone.

She had never seen so many ambulances, fire trucks, and police in one place. Many people lost their homes but the community opened up the VFW and community center to help those people.

Johnson and her granddaughter were not able to see the damage of her home until ten days later. Johnson says it was a complete disaster.

All the ceiling fans were damaged, the roofing instillation covered the floors, and glass from the windows were embedded in the walls.

A few things were saved such as pictures and her granddaughter's hope chest, but not much else.

Johnson's granddaughter's watch is frozen in time the moment the explosion happened. The watch reads 7:52 on it, as do many clocks in her granddaughter's home.

Johnson's granddaughter has been able to move on but is still anxious. She does plan on going back to West this weekend to visit family for Easter.

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