An explosion at a fertilizer plant has rocked the town of West, north of Waco, causing multiple injuries and leaving people trapped and buildings on fire, according to multiple reports
Several firefighters were injured among the explosion at the West Fertilizer plant shortly before 8 p.m., according to the Waco Tribune-Herald.
“The fertilizer plant down here exploded, said Jason Shelton, a clerk at the Czech Best Western Hotel in West. “It was a small fire and then water got sprayed the ammonia nitrate and it exploded just like the Oklahoma City bomb.
“I live about a thousand feet from it and it blew my screen door off and my back windows,” Shelton said. “There’s houses leveled that were right next to it. We’ve got people injured and possibly dead.”
Several buildings were reported to be on fire, including West Middle School, and a dispatcher calling for multiple ambulances said “we do have a lot of injured here.”
A dispatcher said multiple buildings were on fire. Earlier, a dispatcher said people were trapped in a nearby apartment building.
I hope everyone is safe in West!