JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It wasn't that long ago, Jacksonville faced a tragedy similar to the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.
The T2 Laboratories plant on the Northside exploded in 2007, killing four people.
In Texas, it was a blast powerful enough to knock those watching onto the ground. Cell phone video captured the terrifying moments.
For Mark Treglio with Jacksonville Firefighters, it flashes him back to December 19th, 2007 when a similar explosion rocked the T2 Laboratories plant.
"I was just there that day, it was my turn, we went in and made the attack on the boiler," Treglio said.
These powerful images have been burned into his mind. Treglio saw victims as he went inside the burning facility. Four lives were lost that day, more than a dozen others injured.
"Our firefighters that were on scene while we were putting water on the fire there were people in there getting bodies out and getting the people out. It was a really good job that day," he said.
Port Wentworth, Georgia understands West, Texas' tragedy too.
In 2008, a sugar refinery exploded. 13 people died and 42 others suffered injuries. Thursday, as the investigation only just begins in Texas, Treglio says Jacksonville stands with them, fully aware it isn't easy to move on.
"Anytime you get a situation like that where there are lives lost you tend to look back and think, 'what could we have done better?' But there are some situations that you just can't help. That was one of those situations and we just go in there and try to make the best of what we can out there," Treglio said.
The business owner next door tells Action News he's now using the land for storage. The plant was never able to recover after the explosion.
It was later determined the cooling system at the T2 plant malfunctioned causing overheating and the subsequent explosion.