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West Explosion

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West Man A Humble Hero

Updated: Thursday, April 18 2013, 07:32 PM CDT

A little more than a mile away, you can here birds chirping, amid the sound of glass being swept up. Downtown West is several blocks from the blast site.  It's where we met Bobby Rios, the owner of Treasure By The Tracks.  The windows were boarded up after the explosion blew out the glass.

Before he got his own store in order, he spent the evening helping others.

After the blast he ran to the nursing home near the plant, and what he saw was devastating.

He was emotional describing the scene, saying, "It was like something you see in a movie."

Rios says he saw seniors in their wheelchairs injured. Many of them were bleeding. He says one woman he helped was very scared.

"The little lady told me, she said, 'oh I don't know what I'm gonna do, I don't know what they're going to do with me,' and I told her, I said, 'you know what we're going to do with you, we're going to take care of you.' And the little lady squeezed my arm and we got her safe."

Rios says helping those in need was a total community effort, and it makes him proud to be part of this town.  When asked if he considers himself a hero he said, "No, not at all"

He does say there's a lesson for all of us.  "You're never guaranteed a tomorrow, treat people the best that you can, treat people the way you want to be treated."

Web Extra: Special West Explosion coverage

By Melanie LoftonWest Man A Humble Hero

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