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12 bodies recovered at the site of Texas plant explosion

People in West Texas are in recovery mode after a deadly fertilizer plant explosion earlier this week.
West, TX (WSYR-TV/CNN) -- People in West, Texas are in recovery mode after a deadly fertilizer plant explosion earlier this week.

The powerful blast Wednesday night killed an unconfirmed number of people, injured many more and leveled building for blocks around the blast site.

About half of the population in the town of 2,800 was evacuated, including a nursing home with more than 130 residents.
The Texas Department of Public Safety gave an update on the disaster Friday morning.

"It is with a heavy heart that I can confirm that 12 individuals have been recovered from the fertilizer plant explosion. The deceased have been taken to the Dallas Forensic Lab for proper identification. To date, there have been approximately 200 reported injuries, 150 buildings have been cleared, 50 homes have been destroyed and 25 homes still yet to be cleared. As a result of this explosion, three rescue fire trucks and one EMS have been destroyed,” said Sgt. Jason Reyes with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Authorities are still scouring the area, searching for survivors and answers. They don’t know yet what caused the fire that sparked the blast.

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