WEST, Texas -- A battered and bloody EMS director is recounting the moments leading up to the massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in the Central Texas town of West.
George Smith said they got a report of a fire at the plant, so they sent fire trucks and an EMS unit.
Meanwhile, he went to help senior citizens who lived nearby.
"I saw how bad it was, so I went to the nursing home... I'm the medical director for the nursing home. I went over to the station closest to where the fire was and called all personnel to me that were there in the building and said, 'Get people evacuated to the far side of the building," Smith said. "Luckily we had most everybody out then. But then there was just a major, major explosion. The windows came in on me, the roof came in on me, the ceiling came in. I worked my way out to go get some more help."
Smith said he didn't seek medical attention for himself because there were people in worse condition than him, and he had a job to do.
He said if he had gone to the fire first, instead of the nursing home, he probably would be dead.