WEST — Rusty Johnson pulls off his red, white and blue hard hat, huddles in a tight circle with a family whose house he is about to destroy, and begins to pray.
He’s been doing that a lot lately. The West construction worker spends his days razing homes wrecked by the April 17 explosion of West Fertilizer Co. The blast totalled more than 160 buildings and that number is growing as inspectors continue to find homes that can’t be saved, said Karen Bernsen, who is leading the city’s long-term recovery efforts.
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