Fiery explosions at a Texas fertilizer plant in a small town north of Waco sent about 120 people to hospitals and apparently destroyed dozens of homes and businesses.
Area hospitals reported treating slightly more than 120 people injured by the West, Texas, blasts.
Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Gail Scarborough had earlier put the number of injured near the plant even higher — 200 people, 40 of them critically.
Another official with the Texas Department of Public Safety said there were deaths, though he did not immediately know how many. ABC News has not confirmed any deaths.
Besides the injuries, 75 to 100 houses and business were completely destroyed in and around the plant, Scarborough said.
“It’s total chaos,” West City Councilwoman Cheryl Marak said, according to ABC News Radio. “There’s ambulances and fire trucks and police cars from everywhere.”
An official with Hill Regional Hospital in Hillsboro, Texas, reported the facility treated 66 patients, 38 with serious injuries.
Baptist Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco had treated 29 wounded, said the center’s CEO, Brett Esrock, and was expecting 20 more.
“They are coming in ambulances cars, vans, pretty much anything,” Esrock said.
Most of Baptist Hillcrest’s patients had minor-to-moderate injuries such as cuts, abrasions, broken bones and respiratory distress — though there was at least one critical injury, Esrock said.
Marak told ABC News affiliate WFAA that the blast killed her pets and heavily damaged the local middle school.
“I was watching the flames and then it was just like a huge, huge explosion and two houses, I mean, it demolished both of those,” Marak said, according to ABC News Radio. “I think everything around us is pretty much just gone.”
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