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Community Destroyed After Fertilizer Plant Explosion in West, Texas

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

WEST, TEXAS - Shock and sadness are raining down on the small community of West, Texas.

For many here in this tight knit town, the reality of what happened here still hasn't set in.

"You see it happen in other places and you never dream but they say don't take life for granted and it's so true. You just don't ever know what could happen the next day,"

Maria Galvan felt the blast while at a store in Hillsboro, 20 minutes away.

"That boom came and aspirins and hairspray's and everything started falling at Wal-Mart," Galvan said. "You felt the ground just shake."

Search and rescue efforts are racing against the clock to find survivors.

"Number one priority is to recover and save lives in the event we can do that," Sgt. Patrick Swanton with the Waco Police Department, said.

But for Galvan, the waiting game is unnerving when it comes to friends she knows.

"I saw her house on the news and her car so I don't know. I don't think they're here. I think that couple and that daughter of theirs is gone because there is nothing left of that house," Galvan said.

Officials say there's no clear number for the missing and several firefighters are unaccounted for.

"We risk our lives every day. Those firefighters knew why they were going into. They were there to save lives and they did without a doubt," Swanton said.

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