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Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast Injures Dozens

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Courtesy: Kasey Murphy, Temple, Texas Courtesy: Kasey Murphy, Temple, Texas

Authorities are investigating after an explosion ripped through a Texas fertilizer plant Wednesday evening.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says hundreds of people have been injured or killed in the blast that happened around 8 p.m. (Central time) in a town called West. It's located about 20 miles north of Waco. 

The latest report from officials says the at least five to 15 people are dead and 160 people have been injured.

The Mayor of West says firefighters went to fight a fire at the plant about a half-hour before the explosion.

A school and a nursing home are among the buildings near the plant. Officials say the nursing home collapsed from the explosion. Dozens of other buildings were leveled.

Fortunately, the Mayor says the nursing home's 133 residents were safely evacuated.

The Red Cross is on scene, working to help those forced out of their homes.

Officials say the exact cause of the explosion is under investigation. They are treating this as a possible crime "just to be safe" and will downgrade it to an industrial accident if and when that is confirmed.

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