The mayor of Houston and others say they will work to help residents whose homes were damaged after a massive explosion in a warehouse that killed two workers and injured 20 others.
January 26, 2020 at 6:47 pm
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The mayor of Houston and others say they will work to assist residents whose homes were damaged after a massive explosion in a warehouse that killed two workers and injured 20 others.
Mayor Sylvester Turner on Saturday toured the affected neighborhoods in northwest Houston and spoke to residents who were cleaning the house after Friday's explosion. Cleaning and repair efforts continued on Sunday.
"These people's lives were devastated by the explosion in Houston. Let's not forget them," said Turner.
The blast happened at about 4:30 pm on Friday, inside a Watson Grinding and Manufacturing building, which manufactures valves and supplies thermal spray coatings for equipment in various sectors, officials said. Frank Flores and Gerardo Castorena were killed.
In a statement released on Saturday, Castorena's family said: "It was with a heavy heart that we had to say goodbye to a loving father, son, brother and friend yesterday morning. We ask for privacy while we mourn during that time. Thank you." all this for your kind words and support as we go through this difficult time. "
Authorities say another 20 people were injured – two other warehouse workers and 18 others from neighboring houses and businesses. The cause of the explosion is being investigated.
More than 200 houses in neighboring neighborhoods were damaged when the force of the explosion shattered the windows, knocked down the roof, folded the garage doors and removed some houses from their foundations.
Dozens of volunteers were helping residents on Saturday.
More than 80 of the volunteers were from Restore Houston, a network of churches in the area dedicated to helping families whose homes were damaged by the floods during Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
"We will work on houses, close windows, cover some roofs, but more importantly, we will love our neighbors and make sure they are aware that they are not alone in this," Josef Klam, pastor with Chapelwood United Methodist Church, told the Houston Chronicle .