Last night, as many were getting ready for bed, tragedy hit the town of West, Texas. An explosion erupted at a fertilizer plant, resulting in many damages, injuries and lives lost. As I type this, there are hundreds injured, with many still unaccounted for.
I cautiously post this video of the explosion. *Note, this is probably not for children, and is very hard to watch.
West, Texas Explosion Resources:
If you are needing information on friends and/or family members, you are advised to call 254-202-1100.
Safe and Well – American Red Cross: List yourself as safe and allow family members to search for you.
Fox 4 News – Dallas/Fort Worth
KWKT Fox 44 News – Waco
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If you are able and willing to donate blood, Carter Blood Care in Waco will be accepting donations, starting at 9AM on Thursday 4/19
Come back for specific updates on donating blood
– in the Burleson/Cleburne area
– in the Fort Worth area
To check on injured residents admitted to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center call (254) 202-1100
For family inquiries about patients at Scott & White Hospital call (888) 394-4947
For family inquiries about patients at Providence Health Center (254) 761-7200
West ISD Superintendent Marty Crawford says classes will not be held Thursday.
Crawford said West Intermediate School was destroyed. The high school and the middle school buildings were also damaged and structural integrity will need to be checked. A meeting will be held later Thursday to make plans for housing students for the remainder of the school year.
Central Texas Urgent Care clinics in Hewitt and Lacy Lakeview will remain open all night to treat those with minor injuries
The Extraco Events Center will be setting up to take donations starting tomorrow at 9:00 am. For information call 254-776-1660
The Scott & White Blood Donation center is open until 2:30 a.m. Thursday and will reopen at 8 a.m.
HEB Pharmacy in the Woodway area is staying open all night to help accommodate West residents who may be injured and need prescriptions filled
First Baptist Church of Lott has room for anyone needing a place to stay. Call (254) 829-2321
The Aquilla ISD opened facilities for those seeking refuge. Please report to the gym entrance.
Blair’s Cove Apartments in Waco offering housing to any West residents affected by the explosion at 2425 S. 21st St. (254) 447-0810
Latham Springs Baptist Camp is open to displaced residents at 134 Private Road 223 in Aquilla
The Abbott gym is open to displaced residents
Valley mills Nursing Home has rooms available for nursing home residents if placement is needed for any of the West nursing home residents. Call 254-932-6288.
First Baptist Church of Gholson is open for anyone who needs a place to stay
Gholson ISD open for those seeking shelter
Brazos Meadows Baptist Church at 625 S. Hewitt Dr., adjacent to Castleman Creek Elementary will be open for anyone who needs a place to stay
American Legion Post 121 in Elm Mott is open for displaced residents
Sykora Family Ford in West has opened for residents who need a safe place to rest
Town Hall Estates in Hillsboro was taking in displaced residents
The Home Depot store in Bellmead will be open all night for those who need plywood, generators, etc.
Both Peas & Tots and Smarty Pants consignment stores in Waco are accepting clothing donations in all sizes for those in West
TSTC Student Recreation Center in Waco is open to take in those displaced by the explosion in West
Antioch Community Church at 501 North 20th Street in Waco is open to displaced residents
Alliance Auto Auction between Elm Mott and West on I-35 is open to anyone needing a place to stay
Penelope School is open for displaced residents at 309 Avenue D
Central United Methodist Church off Bagby Avenue near Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center is open overnight
Axtell High School will be taking any kind of donations at the school tomorrow! Please donate anything! The PALS organization is taking all donations and will be accepting tomorrow and Friday during school
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said state resources have been mobilized to help local authorities after the explosion. The governor released a statement late Wednesday night, saying state officials are “monitoring developments and gathering information as details continue to emerge about this incident.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this tragedy in West Texas. If you have something to offer or know someone with a specific need we can fill, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org