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Fertilizer fire kills 60-70, injures more than 100 in West, Texas

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A large explosion at a fertilizer plant in the town of West, Texas, 19 miles north of Waco, has killed 60-70 people, and injured more than 100.  The blast happened Wednesday evening just before 8 p.m. CST. Officials are ordering residents in the town to evacuate over fear that another fertilizer tank may explode.

Five firefighters and one police officer are among the dead. Hundreds of others are wounded, ranging in age from babies to elderly, in the town with a population of about 2,800.

At least 10 structures are on fire, including a school and nursing home near the plant. An Emergency management spokesperson said they fear some people may still be inside buildings that have already collapsed. The town's community hospital is about four blocks from the burning fertilizer plant.

Governor Rick Perry released a statement on the incident: "We are monitoring developments and gathering information as details continue to emerge about this incident. We have also mobilized state resources to help local authorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of West, and the first responders on the scene."

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