Fertilizer Plant Explosion Reported North Of Waco

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

WACO (CBSDFW.COM) – Rescue workers continued to go from home to home early Thursday morning searching for survivors of a massive fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, north of Waco, that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160.  Officials say those are preliminary estimates and are likely to increase once daylight breaks.  Two EMS workers, six firefighters and a resident of a nearby apartment complex are among those confirmed dead, according to West’s EMS Director, Dr. George Smith.  No names are being released at this time.

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Residents of the town, with a population of about 2,800, were asked to evacuate immediately after the Wednesday night explosion at the West Fertilizer Company. The plant is located at 1471 Jerry Mashek Drive, just off Interstate-35.  School buses and ambulances were sent to evacuate residents from the…

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