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Five People Reported Dead After Blast at Texas Fertilizer Plant

A person looks on as emergency workers fight a house fire after a nearby fertilizer plant exploded in West, Texas on April 17, 2013. Photographer: Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune Herald/AP Photo
A person looks on as emergency workers fight a house fire after a nearby fertilizer plant exploded in West, Texas on April 17, 2013. Photographer: Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune Herald/AP Photo

April 17 (Bloomberg) -- At least five people were killed after an explosion at a plant operated by West Fertilizer Inc. in the town of West, Texas, according to KWTX.com.

People were trapped in buildings after the blast just before 8 p.m. local time following a fire at the plant located off Interstate 35 about 80 miles (130 kilometers) south of Dallas, the Dallas Morning News reported on its website.

“We’re seeing some folks that were very seriously injured this evening, unfortunately,” Glenn Robinson, chief executive officer of Hillcrest Hospital, told CNN. “They’re blast injuries, orthopedic injuries,” Robinson said. “A lot of lacerations, a lot of cuts.”

Several buildings were reported destroyed, a nearby nursing home was damaged and people were trapped in a damaged apartment complex, KWTX television said.

Calls to the Waco McLennan County Emergency Management office weren’t answered. Messages were left with the after-hours number for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

To contact the reporters on this story: Michael B. Marois in Sacramento at mmarois@bloomberg.net; David Wethe in Houston at dwethe@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew Hobbs at ahobbs4@bloomberg.net

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