President Barack Obama is promising the people of the town of West, Texas that the nation will never abandon the community, hit by last week's fertilizer plant blast that killed 14 people, injured at least 200 and wiped out part of the town.
Mr. Obama spoke Thursday at a memorial for the victims, some of who were firefighters battling a blaze at the plant when it suddenly exploded.
Mr. Obama said no words can adequately describe the courage displayed on what he calls a deadly night. He assured the town that the nation can give love, support and will help West rebuild and recover.
The explosion destroyed a number of homes and businesses and left a 30 meter-wide crater, leaving $100 million in damages. The exact cause of the explosion is still under investigation.