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4 years after fatal blast, SA law firms donates $1 million to town of West

Money to go to public schools

SAN ANTONIO – April 17, 2013, will forever remain a dark day in the history of West, Texas.

A fertilizer plant explosion killed more than a dozen people and leveled a large part of the town.

On Thursday, a San Antonio law firm donated $1 million to public schools in the small town to help them continue their recovery.

READ MORE: Arson caused deadly fertilizer plant explosion

Gravely and Pearson L.L.P. represented West Independent School District in a lawsuit against the district's insurance company, after three of its four schools were severely damaged by the blast.

“It’s kind of important for me to be able to do this. I have three kids in public schools, and I know public school is really important. I’m a product of public school,” Matthew Pearson said.

The donation will be used specifically for extracurricular activities.

RELATED: Settlements reached in plant explosion as more cases pending

Pearson said a resolution was reached in that lawsuit and that money should help the school district continue to rebuild.

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