Thursday, 18 April 2013

Rescuers still searching for missing survivors in Texas fertilizer plant blast

Rescuers still searching for missing survivors in Texas fertilizer plant blast, According to Reuters, rescue teams have been searching the rubble of a fertilizer plant on Thursday, looking for missing firefighters and survivors of a huge explosion that tore through this small central Texas town on Wednesday night, killing as many as 15 people and injuring more than 160 others.

It is currently unknown how many people are missing or unaccounted for, but it is believed that three to four volunteer firefighters were among the missing following the blast on Wednesday night, said Sgt. William Patrick Swanton of the Waco, Texas, police department.

As many as 75 homes have been damaged, along with several businesses and a 50-unit apartment complex. “Part of that community is gone,” Sergeant Swanton said.

“Right now we have a tremendous amount of injuries,” D. L. Wilson, a state trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said early Thursday morning.

The Red Cross, mental health agencies and grief counselors are on hand to help the community, in addition to the neighbors who are already assisting each other.

President Barack Obama, who flew to Boston for a memorial service for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, offered support and prayers to the victims in Texas.

The explosion came two days before the 20th anniversary of a fire in Waco that engulfed a compound inhabited by David Koresh and his followers in the Branch Davidian sect, ending a siege by federal agents. About 82 members of the sect and four federal agents died at Waco.

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