How San Diegans Can Help Texas Explosion Victims

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    This apartment building near the fertilizer plant in West, Texas was severely damaged by the blast.

    A local group wants to help the families of first responders killed in a fire and explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas.

    The San Diego Regional Fire Foundation is making a donation to the West Volunteer Fire Department. Of the 14 people killed, 11 of them were firefighters or other first responders.

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    “We are deeply connected to all volunteer firefighters and first responders throughout the nation, and we’re greatly saddened by this tragedy,” Joan Jones, executive director of the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation, said in a statement.

    So far, the foundation is donating $2,500, but it is asking for San Diego's help to make that number grow. There are several ways to give. Anyone interested can visit sdfirefoundation.org or call 619-814-1352. People can make direct donations at any California Coast Credit Union. The foundation will also accept donations at 2508 Historic Decatur Rd., Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92106-6138.

    At a news conference Tuesday, investigators said weather did not cause last week’s explosion. In addition to those killed, about 200 more people were injured. Dozens of homes and buildings were damaged or destroyed.