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Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Leads To Twelve Confirmed Deaths; Bodies Recovered From Site

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This week has just been horrifying, what with the Boston bombings and the Texas fertilizer plant explosion.

It was announced today that twelve bodies have been recovered from the West, Texas blast site. Sgt. Jason Reyes said that while 200 people have been injured and 50 homes destroyed, the terrible incident is “still being treated as a crime scene.”

While the reason behind the fertilizer plant’s fire and subsequent explosion on Wednesday is still unknown, so is the exact amount of damage done. And though many are still unaccounted for, we do know that five West firefighters, one Dallas firefighter, and four emergency responders were killed.

So sad. Our thoughts are with all in West, Texas.

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Update On Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion: Video Footage & What We Now Know!

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The tragedy in Texas is hardly over and as authorities try to get everything under control, we are getting new information.

After the town of West was hit by a fertilizer plant explosion, miles of property ended up damaged and many people were injured while some are believed to be dead.

It is now being reported that over 160 people suffered injuries in the explosion that started when the plant caught on fire most likely due to industrial reasons although it's still under investigation.

You can see the explosion on the video (above). Warning: it may be difficult to watch.

As of now, it is believed between 5 and 15 people have died although that number could rise after people in the town are accounted for. Some of those who were possibly killed in the accident include five firefighters who went missing during the tragedy.

Waco police Sgt. William Patrick Swanton commented on the current state of the operation:

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Texas Town Leveled After Deadly Fertilizer Plant Explosion! Numerous Fatalities Feared!

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How insanely horrifying!

We’re receiving reports that confirm a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in the small Texas town of West, which is about 20 miles outside of Waco.

At around 8PM local time, a fiery explosion erupted from the West Fertilizer Plant – cause still unknown – which sent a fireball bursting into the sky and caused extreme damaged to miles of property. The blast leveled many people’s homes and the town was immediately evacuated.

D.L Wilson from the Department Of Public Safety confirmed that a “tremendous” amount of people were injured, citing “over 100 injuries” so far. He added that there were confirmed fatalities, though he was not at liberty to reveal a number just yet. He continued to confirm that an apartment complex close to the plant, with nearly 50 units, was demolished “to its skeleton”, along with 50-75 houses and a nursing home.

A field triage station remains set up on a football field near the plant to help treat the wounded, and as for the plant, the blaze is still smoldering and there is fear of the toxins being released into the air. He added that his team will be searching every house and every location they can, all through the night, to rescue other survivors that could still be trapped.

Devastating. Truly heartbreaking.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to everyone affected in this small town. Stay strong!

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