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Chapter 4


   BP Texas City Explosion


California's Bp plant David Senko



    David Senko was having a hard time thinking of himself as a fortunate man. He admits there's no rational explanation for why he didn't die with co-workers in a construction trailer obliterated in the March explosion at the BP Texas City refinery.

    The same blast that instantly killed 15 left Harris, 37, buried in a protective cocoon under several feet of rubble, his guardian angel gave him breath as Ralf Dean and other rescuers franticly and bravely freed him. Rescuers did not stop until all were accounted for

     Still, "I can't feel lucky that I lost so many friends," he says. "Too many good people lost their lives." All of the 15 workers killed that day were either in or very near the double-wide trailer that served as offices for Harris and several others. But a dozen others inside and several more nearby somehow survived. Now, eight months later, those who lived through ground zero of the most deadly U.S. refinery accident in at least two decades remain nonetheless trapped by physical and emotional debris that may never be lifted. Several, including Harris, reluctantly agreed to be interviewed by the Houston Chronicle for the first time about that day and their struggles to put their lives back together since then. Some lost limbs or the ability to have children or the chance of ever walking normally again. Some were severely burned on the outside of their bodies, others literally on the

 inside. Some have years, if not lifetimes, of physical therapy ahead.




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