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Update: Multiple deaths, 189 injured in Texas plant explosion

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Search and rescue teams in Texas are looking for survivors and missing people after a Texas fertilizer plant exploded Wednesday night. Firefighters are among the missing and authorities fear that five to 15 people could be dead. 

"We have confirmed fatalities at this time. We don't have the exact amount," Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jason Reys said at a news conference Thursday.

The explosion devastated the small town of West, Texas. At least 180 people are known injured. But officials don't know yet how many people were killed. A large investigation team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is on the way. 

The blast could be heard and felt for miles. It was so strong it registered as an earthquake.  As many as 75 to 100 homes and businesses around the plant were destroyed. 

The blast also damaged a nursing home forcing the evacuation of about 130
patients.

Authorities originally set up a triage center on the football field of a school to treat the injured. But concerns about possible chemicals or another explosion forced officials to evacuate the area and gather at another nearby school.

At this point, no answers on what caused this explosion.

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