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(CNN) -- President Barack Obama praised first responders who raced to the West, Texas, fertilizer plant blaze and explosion and sent his prayers to the people of the small city. "A tight-knit community has been shaken, and good, hardworking people have lost their lives," he said in a statement Thursday. "West is a town that many Texans hold near and dear to their hearts, and as residents continue to respond to this tragedy, they will have the support of the American people."
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