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Perry: Nightmare Scenario After West Explosion

Updated: Thursday, April 18 2013, 04:14 PM CDT

UPDATE 2 p.m.

WACO, Texas (AP) -- At least five people were in critical condition at hospitals in Texas after a fertilizer plant explosion in West.
 
Two of the three patients at Scott & White Hospital-Temple were in critical condition Thursday. One of the two patients at McLane Children's Scott & White Hospital in Temple was in critical.
 
JPS Health Network in Fort Worth got three people, all between 80 and 90 years old. Two were in critical condition.
 
Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco received more than 90 patients, admitting 28. Five were treated in intensive care.
 
Providence Health Center in Waco treated 65 patients, admitting 12.
 
Two patients are at Parkland Hospital in Dallas were in serious condition.
 
Wednesday's fire and explosion killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others.


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in his state "a truly nightmare scenario."
 
Authorities have said as many as 15 people are feared dead and more than 160 others were injured in the explosion that leveled homes and businesses in the farming community of West, Texas.
 
Perry emphasized during a Thursday morning news conference that much of the information about victims still is "very preliminary."

 



WEST, Texas (AP) -- Police in Texas say it's not clear how many people remain trapped in the rubble after a fertilizer plant explosion that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others.
 
Waco Police Sgt. William Patrick Swanton says early Thursday he doesn't know how many people have been rescued since the Wednesday night explosion in downtown West.
 
But he says officials on the ground remain in "search and rescue mode," going building to building in the largely decimated neighborhood surrounding the plant.
 
He says he knows some firefighters still are missing.
 
Swanton says a thunderstorm that rolled through the area early Thursday has helped in some ways, including tamping down chemicals released from the plant.
 

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WEST, Texas (AP) -- A law enforcement officer feared dead in the explosion of a fertilizer plant has been found alive.
 
Waco Police Sgt. William Patrick Swanton said the missing man serves as both a constable and a volunteer firefighter. He has been hospitalized with "pretty serious injuries."
 
Swanton said three or four other volunteer firefighters who responded to the blaze remain missing since the explosion.
 
Area hospitals have treated more than 160 people for various injuries. Swanton estimated between five and 15 people may be dead.
 
The area remains closed to residents. Rescuers are searching for survivors.
 
State and federal fire agencies are investigating the cause of the fire. Sheriff's deputies have been charged with investigating the deaths.
 
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WEST, Texas (AP) -- The mayor of West says a nursing home near the scene of a fertilizer plant explosion has been cleared.
 
Mayor Tommy Muska said Thursday the nursing home was in the process of being evacuated due to fires at nearby West Fertilizer Wednesday night when the explosion occurred.
 
Waco Police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said 5 to 15 people are believed to be dead, with more than 160 people taken to area hospitals. Swanton said between three and five firefighters are still missing.
 
Muska is also a volunteer firefighter in West, near Waco. He did not answer questions about his fellow volunteer firefighters, but said, "I ask for your prayers."

 


Perry: Nightmare Scenario After West Explosion


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