UPDATE: 5 to 15 Dead, 60 Injured, 3 – 5 Firefighters Dead in West Texas Explosion

A massive explosion occurred Wednesday night in West Texas between Waco and Hillsboro around 7:50 pm.

The explosion originated from a fertilizer plant. It was first reported that approximately 60 to 70 people were dead, however now that number has been decreased to between 5 and 15 people dead. About 60 have been treated for injuries, And not 200 as originally reported. And 3 to 5 firefighters are dead.

As a result of the explosion and secondary explosions, numerous homes and buildings were caught on fire including several homes, a nursing home, an apartment complex and a middle school. Over 75 homes and businesses have been destroyed.

Aftershocks were heard as far as Arlington and Seagoville.

Over 50 emergency response vehicles were on site.

emergency vehicle

A triage center was moved to a nearby community center.

American Red Cross has donated cots and other much needed supplies.

If you have family in the nearby area, you may call 254-202-1100 for more info.




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