Update: Up to 15 Dead, Firefighters Missing in West Explosion

Published 04/18 2013 09:09AM

Updated 04/18 2013 09:30AM

9:00 a.m. Update

According to CNN and other sources, the official number of dead after the massive fertilizer plant explosion in West is still uncertain, but may be anywhere from five to as high as 15.

However, as West EMS Director, Dr. George Smith warned Wednesday night, the total may jump to around 60 or more.

Several firefighters were still unaccounted for as of Thursday morning and more people may be trapped underneath rubble from the devastating blast.

FEMA is on the scene providing assistance.

Update
According to the West EMS Director, Dr. George Smith, at least 60 people have died, and hundreds were injured at a fertilizer plant near Waco Wednesday night.

Original Story:

There was a major explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco on Wednesday. The explosion was reported just before 8 o'clock. The explosion has injured numerous people and damaged several nearby buildings.

Firefighters were called to the burning plant earlier in the evening after a fire rekindled at the plant. The plant is located north of Waco just off of Interstate 35. Several buildings were affected including a nursing home and an apartment building. There are reports that people were trapped in the buildings.

A middle school was one of the buildings reported to be on fire. Injured victims are being taken to area hospitals.

We will continue to update you as we receive more information.

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