KWTX: Rescuers were conducting another door-to-door search early Thursday for the living and the dead in areas damaged by a massive fertilizer plant explosion in West that left more than 100 injured and may have killed dozens. As of 4:45, officials say five to fifteen people are believed to be dead. Six firefighters and two paramedics are confirmed dead and seven nursing home residents were missing after the blast according to West EMS Director Dr. George Smith, who said earlier Wednesday night as many as 60 or 70 people may have died in the blast. [...] The blast ripped a 50-unit apartment building apart, leaving little more than a skeleton [...]
AP: Mayor: Fire crews were at Texas plant before blast [...] The mayor of West, Texas, says volunteer firefighters went to fight a fire at a fertilizer plant about a half-hour before a massive explosion tore through it and damaged surrounding buildings. [...]
CBS Dallas: A fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, north of Waco, has injured hundreds and as many as 70 people are feared dead. However, no official numbers have been released. Emergency crews from central and north Texas have been called in to help respond to the injuries and destruction from the explosion. Into the early morning hours Thursday the plant was still smoldering and active ingredients were still inside. The situation is still too volatile to have firefighters try and battle any flames. Trooper D.L. Wilson of the Texas Department of Public Safety estimates that as many as 75 homes were severely damaged and an apartment complex with 50 units was gutted by the blast. [...]
NYTimes: The explosion was so large that people reported feeling the ground shaking in North and Central Texas.
“We’ve got a lot of houses on one street especially there that look like a war zone. They’ve been collapsed, so there may be people inside those houses, either critically injured or deceased.” -West EMS Director Dr. George Smith
Published: April 18th, 2013 at 6:18 am ET