HOUSTON (CBS Houston) As search and rescue effort continues upon the heels of a devastating and deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in West Texas, The mayor of West, Texas asked for  prayers: “I ask for your prayers,” said Mayor Tommy Muska to media outlets.”Search and rescue teams have been working through the night.”

According to reports, the number of those trapped inside rubble from the explosion was still unknown, at the 8 a.m. hour, EST. There were also no precise numbers available of the dead and injured at the time of this report.

As many described the area around the plant after the explosion as a “war zone”, a significant area around the fertilizer plant was destroyed as a result of the explosion.

During assessment of the damages, an estimated the number of casualties ranged from five to 15.

At 4:15 a.m. EST, West, Texas EMS director Dr. George Smith confirmed that two paramedics lost their lives in Tuesday night’s explosion at the West Fertilizer Company. There were also several firefighters who remained unaccounted for. As a result of the firefighters who lost their lives fighting the plant fire, a Facebook page was established in memory of those who reportedly perished in the blast.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was also at the scene of the explosion to conduct their investigation.

Authorities continued searching for those residents who may be trapped or injured by going door-to-door in the early Wednesday morning.

The initial fire call at the fertilizer plant was logged at 7:29 p.m. Less than 30 minutes later, firefighters, police and paramedics were helping with evacuation efforts in the town.


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