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April 18th, 2013
01:48 AM ET

Cheryl Marak, of West, Texas: "Both of my houses are totally killed my dogs"

As a spectacular explosion and fire ripped through West, TX early Thursday morning, Piers Morgan spoke live with Cheryl Marak, a resident and member of the city council.

Calling in from her brother's home roughly two miles out of town, Marak revealed the extent of the damage she and her family are facing:

"Both of my houses are totally destroyed ... I had dogs in my house, it killed my dogs," Marak told Piers Morgan.

Marak's husband Marty is a member of the town's volunteer fire department, and was amongst the West residents fighting the blaze at the fertilizer plant:

"I am begging, begging him to let me come in and get him ... he said he can't, he's got to stay with his guys," Marak told the host, sobbing. "He won't leave, I would give anything if he would come home."

Watch the clip, listen further to Marak's emotional account of the explosion in West, Texas, and stay with CNN for updates.
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  1. shepherdgregory

    Very decent of you,Myra.Just noticed a headline on right:'WATCH FERTILISER PLANT EXPLODE'.

    Bit glib,if you ask me.

    April 18, 2013 at 8:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Katie

    I'm so sorry. This is awful, I'm praying for you and everyone who is in a similar situation

    April 18, 2013 at 11:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. shepherdgregory

    Reports of looters in Texas,and this gloryhunter in Boston...

    April 18, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Stevo

    Leave the country Piers. Do us all a favor and give that tiny flock of sheep you preach to an out to truth and logic.

    April 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      You're on the wrong blog,mate.

      Xenophobic comments,along with the other 5,000,000 all saying the same thing,are on the other pages.

      We're talking and thinking of Texas.

      Are you still here?

      April 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. shepherdgregory

    Absolute nightmare.Relatively or very recently there's been a factory blew up in Glasgow,many deaths,gas;a hotel in Aberdeen,few deaths,gas again;and a single woman's house in Dundee–which she miraculously escaped–again gas,and AFTER she'd been told by the[private]company there was no cause for concern.Then her house blew up.

    [Source:fractured pipe in the street,a cul-de-sac,and they even quibbled over compensation.]

    Keep your chin up,Texas,thinkin' of ya:pictures are distressing.

    April 18, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. MH

    You evacuated but left your dogs?

    April 19, 2013 at 10:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Steve Kasian

    Yes, we're all still here... looking at your koolaid drinkin' a55, flashin' your colors.

    April 20, 2013 at 3:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Books For Crooks Aboot Rooks

      ;The Electric Kool-Aid Test' – Tom Wolfe.

      About LSD,right?

      Haven't read it(browsed it once).

      April 20, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Personal Training Long Island

    So sad for Texas.

    January 12, 2014 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Emory Siler

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  10. Myra

    I leave in DeSoto, TX I could share my home. Please email me at

    April 18, 2013 at 7:13 am | Report abuse | Reply

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