The mayor of a Texas town where a fertilizer plant explosion injured more than 100 people says some firefighters who were battling a blaze when the blast happened aren’t accounted for.
West Mayor Tommy Muska said there were five or six volunteer firefighters battling the blaze at the West Fertilizer plant when the explosion happened just before 8 p.m. Wednesday.
After learning of the explosion, Louise Mills drove to West from Ennis to check on her brother who is a firefighter.
“He was the first respond for the West Fire Department and we haven’t heard from him since and everybody is gone from the fire station and his car is still sitting there. We went to all the hospitals, he’s not at any of the hospitals,” said Mills. “I’m thinking he’s died a hero, I really do.”
Muska, a volunteer firefighter himself, was headed to the fire when the blast knocked his helmet off and shattered the windows of his nearby home.
Authorities said an unknown number of people were killed in the blast, which leveled buildings for several blocks in every direction.