UpdateDozens injured at Texas fertilizer plant blast – reports

18 April 2013 06:15  [Source: ICIS news]

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SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Dozens of people were injured from Wednesday’s Texas fertilizer plant blast that set buildings in the town of West in the US on fire, according to various media reports.

The explosion occurred at19:50 Texas time (00:50 GMT) at the West Fertilizer Inc plant located about 80 miles south of Dallas, and north of Waco.

The explosion may have caused injuries to plant workers, local residents and fire fighters, according to the reports.

Some 60 people were taken to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Centre in Waco.

A school and a nursing home close to the plant were heard to have been damaged. Residents of the nursing home were being evacuated to nearby facilities.

Authorities were asking residents of the town to evacuate as well while fire fighters were trying to put out a fire that had rekindled.

Accurate number of casualties from the plant blast is not yet available.

Additional reporting by Gabriela Wheeler and Tracy Dang

By: Pearl Bantillo
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