Billy and Steffanie Burch ran into a destroyed nursing home in West, Texas to rescue victims after the fertilizer plant explosion. They spoke with Anderson Cooper about the devastating incident.
Derrick and Khloey Hurtt, the father and daughter heard in a viral video of the West, Texas blast, tell Anderson Cooper that they expected to see an explosion, but were stunned by the magnitude of the blast.
Anderson Cooper meets a family left homeless following Wednesday night's fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. They had lived in the destroyed house, which was 300 yards from the plant, since 1968.
"I never heard a blast like that," says Willie "Pee Wee" Zahirniak. He tells Anderson that he and his wife weren't in their home during the incident, and they credit their young grandson for getting them out and saving their lives.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta gets exclusive access to homes and buildings damaged by a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. The wreckage indicates how significant the blast was for the residents and structures near the explosion site.
A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant Wednesday night left much of the small town of West, Texas, in ruins. "These are our neighbors, they are coming to help," Waco Police Department Sgt. William Patrick Swanton said Thursday. "You will find that in Texas. You will find that across the United States. We put everything aside when it comes to these types of situations."
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With more than 160 people injured and others unaccounted for, the need for blood is great and will increase. Currently The Blood Center of Central Texas and Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster are asking primarily for O positive, O negative and type A blood. The Red Cross of Central Texas has a complete list of area locations currently taking blood donations.
An explosion at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant about 18 miles north of Waco may have injured 100 people. Glenn Robinson, CEO of Hillcrest Hospital, tells Anderson Cooper his staff set up a triage area on a nearby football field for anyone who needs medical attention.
For information about patients at Hillcrest Hospital, call 254-202-1100.
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