Dozens Still Missing in West, TX

Published 04/19 2013 03:02PM

Updated 04/19 2013 03:16PM

(NBC News)  Sixty people are still unaccounted for after a fertilizer plant exploded earlier in the week, flattening part of a small Texas town and killing 12 people, officials said.

"With a heavy heart I can confirm 12 people have been recovered, deceased," Sgt. Jason Reyes said at a brief press conference Friday morning. Later in the day, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said that 60 people are missing.

The explosion occurred just before 8 p.m. local time (9 p.m. ET) on Wednesday in West, Texas, which is north of Waco. The scene was described by witnesses as looking like a bombing site in a war zone.

A huge blast rocked a small Texas town causing an unknown number of deaths and destroying nearby homes.

Approximately 200 people were injured and three rescue fire trucks were destroyed, Reyes said. Volunteer firefighters are believed to be among the dead.

Reyes said at least 50 homes had been damaged when the plant, which sits adjacent to a residential area, exploded. 

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