Officials are still searching for 60 people who remain unaccounted for following an explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. plant in Texas Wednesday night, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) announced at a press conference on Friday, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The death toll rose to 14 on Friday afternoon, according to the New York Times. More than 200 people were injured in the explosion.
The Associated Press reports:
Officials did not identify those killed, but the dead were believed to include a small group of firefighters and other first-responders who rushed toward the West Fertilizer Co. to battle a fire that apparently touched off the blast.Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jason Reyes said he could not confirm how many first-responders had been killed. Efforts to search the devastated buildings were continuing, he added.
The Texas fertilizer plant had not been inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration since 1985, the Associated Press reported.
Latest posts by Yoopya (see all)
- Apple enters 5G race with new iPhone 12 range - October 14, 2020
- Ethicists say Trump special treatment raises fairness issues - October 7, 2020
- 2 guilty of supporting deadly Westgate mall attack in Kenya - October 7, 2020