Investigators have not ruled out an intentional fire being behind explosions at a fertilizer plant in the small town of West that left 15 people dead, the Texas fire marshal said Thursday.
State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy said investigators were unable to rule out three possible causes, including a spark from a golf cart, an electrical short or an intentionally set fire.
Dr. Kerri Sistrunk says emergency personnel and the medical community came together to help victims in Granbury, Texas. She tells Anderson Cooper that they prepared for the disaster, but never really expected it.
The Hood County, Texas sheriff confirmed multiple fatalities after a tornado touched down. Matt Zavadsky, spokesman for MedStar Mobile Healthcare, said there were reports of at least 100 people injured in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Darkness and power outages make the chaotic situation more difficult for rescue crews.
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.
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