Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Claims 14 Lives, Death Toll Likely to Rise

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The Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed Friday afternoon that 14 people have died after a fertilizer plant explosion Wednesday night in West.

Sen. John Cornyn said in a Friday afternoon press conference that 60 people remain unaccounted for, but that number was later disputed by a local official who said the number is likely much lower, MyFoxDFW.com reported.

Four firefighters died in the blast and at least 200 injured.

A fire began Wednesday evening at the West Fertilizer plant. Fifty minutes later, an explosion was reported in a frantic radio call from the scene. Authorities said there is no indication that the blast was anything but an accident.

The search and rescue operation has largely wound down, with only a handful of buildings left to check.

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