At least 12 dead in West, Texas explosion
Updated: Friday, April 19 2013, 08:13 PM EDT
WEST, Texas (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - At least 12 people are dead, including firefighters and first responders, and more than 200 are injured after Wednesday's massive explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant--and the hope to find survivors is fading.
The factory is about 20 miles north of Waco, and it exploded Wednesday with the force of a small earthquake.
Police say the blast destroyed 75 houses, a 50-unit apartment complex, a middle school, and a nursing home.
Federal investigators and the State Fire Marshal's office will be moving toward an inspection of the site soon, hoping to determine a cause.
About half the population in the town of 2,800 has been evacuated.