Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Breaking: Fertilizer Plant Explosion, West Texas UPDATE | WPMT/CNN

Fertilizer Plant Explosion, Texas, injuries | WPMT FOX43


UPDATE:

Official: Crime scene investigation at site of Texas blast — ATF bringing in explosives dogs — Determining if fire was intentionally set (VIDEO)

Published: April 18th, 2013 at 10:21 am ET
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Source: CNN
Date: April 18, 2013 at 5:35a ET
At 2:45 in
ATF, who has been called in [...] I will tell you at the beginning that this is a crime scene. We are not indicating that his is a crime, we don’t know. Until we know it’s an industrial accident, we’ll work it as a crime scene. ATF is conducting the main investigation at that crime scene at the fertilizer plant.
At 8:00 in
Investigators in this case have not been able to get inside and see, determine what the source of the fire was, where it came from, whether it was intentionally sent […]
At 16:15 in
ATF is going to bring explosives dogs in […]
The initial Triage Area at the Football Field and surrounding area being evacuated due to risk of secondary fertilizer tank explosion.  New Triage moved to West Community Center.

Nursing Home near Plant partially collapsed, CNN Reports

The explosion occured at a fertilizer plant some 18 miles north of Waco, KWYX reports (CNN)

 (CNN) — A hospital in Waco, Texas, has been told to anticipate 100 injured people coming in from a fertilizer plant where there was a massive explosion, an official at the medical facility says. Glenn Robinson, CEO of Hillcrest Hospital, said a field triage station was set up at the plant some 18 miles north of Waco after the Wednesday night explosion.

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Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas

By CNN Staff
updated 10:46 PM EDT, Wed April 17, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Hospital told to anticipate 100 injured, official says
  • The explosion occurs at a fertilizer plant some 18 miles north of Waco, KWTX reports
  • A man says he saw smoke then, a few minutes later, heard a massive explosion

(CNN) -- An explosion ripped through a fertilizer plant Wednesday night in West Texas, causing dozens of injuries, officials said.
A hospital in Waco, Texas, has been told to anticipate 100 injured people coming in from the fertilizer plant area, an official at the medical facility said. Glenn Robinson, CEO of Hillcrest Hospital, said a field triage station was being set up on a football field near the plant some 18 miles north of Waco after the Wednesday night explosion.
"We have had a steady flow of patients coming in by ambulance as well as by private vehicles," Robinson told CNN's Anderson Cooper. He said more than a dozen injured people had been brought in by ambulances and "more than 20 -- that number is continuing to climb -- by private vehicle."
A photo after the explosion -- which reportedly happened around 7:50 p.m. (8:50 p.m. ET) -- showed a huge plume of smoke rising high into the air.
The West Fertilizer Plant is located just north of Waco. A school and a nursing home are among the buildings near the plant, CNN affiliate KWTX reported.
Senator Brian Birdwell said he was aware of the explosion and trying to get more information, a spokesman said.
"I stand ready to assist with any and all state resources that might aid the affected area," Birdwell said in a written statement.
Tommy Alford, who works in a convenience store about three miles from the plant, told CNN that several volunteer firefighters were at the store when they spotted smoke.
Alford said the firefighters headed toward the scene and then between five and 10 minutes later, he heard a massive explosion.
Hazardous material teams were being rushed to the scene, an emergency management official said.


CNN's Chandler Friedman contributed to this report.


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