Rubble of a house next to the fertilizer plant that exploded  on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. Erich Schlegel/Getty Images
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President Barack Obama declares emergency after Texas plant blast

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has issued an emergency declaration and pledged disaster relief aid to Texas to help in the recovery efforts following this week's deadly fertilizer plant explosion near Waco.

Obama's order Friday night authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts in the town of West. Wednesday's explosion at the West Fertilizer plant killed at least 14 people, injured more than 200 others and demolished buildings for blocks around.

After addressing the arrest of the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect Friday night, the president extended his sympathies to the community of West and everyone else affected by the explosion.

Obama said he's spoken with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and West's mayor, and he pledged that the community will have the resources it needs to rebuild.

YOU CAN VIEW PHOTOS OF THE BLAST BY VISITING THE FOLLOWING LINK: http://www.wcpo.com/gallery/news/news_photo_gallery/Plant-explosion-destroys-Texas-neighborhoods

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