Audio captures first responders at Texas explosion
Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 00:51
April 18 - First responders call for emergency backup after a Texas explosion at a fertilizer plant that killed five to 15 people and injured more than 160. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: First responders call for emergency backup after West, Texas explosion at a fertilizer plant that killed five to 15 people and injured more than 160 people.
Rescue crews searched the wreckage of a fertilizer plant and dozens of demolished homes for bodies on Thursday after a fiery explosion that also prompted the evacuation of half a small Texas town.
Police initially estimated that five to 15 people had died in Wednesday night blast, but officials said the death toll could climb as the search continued. They were treating the blast site as a possible crime scene.
A fire had broken out at the plant before the 8 p.m. explosion rocked West, a town of 2,700 people about 20 miles (32 km) north of Waco and 80 miles (130 km) south of Dallas.
Light rain was falling and winds had picked up to 22 miles per hour (35 kph) Thursday morning, conditions that could complicate the recovery effort or prompt additional evacuations.
Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco admitted 28 of more than 100 people it treated, with five in the intensive care unit, said David Argueta, vice president of operations.
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