1. West, Texas, is a town of less than 3,000 people about 20 miles north of Waco.
2. On Wednesday, West volunteer firefighters responded to a fire at Adair Grain Inc.’s fertilizer facility around 6 p.m.
3. About an hour later, the facility exploded while emergency workers were still there.
4. The U.S. Geological Survey compared the magnitude of the explosion to a 2.1 earthquake. Seismometers as far as 400 miles away registered vibrations.
5. Paramedics used a nearby football field to treat victims and people living near the fertilizer facility were asked to evacuate.
6. Firefighters were able to get the main fire under control around 11 p.m.
8. The explosion leveled the plant.
9. And homes and other buildings within a four-block radius were also destroyed.
12. West Mayor Tommy Muska spoke to media Thursday, and the exact number of casualties was unknown.
13. Officials now say the number dead from the explosion is at least 14. About 200 people were injured.
14. Ten of the 14 deaths were first responders.
16. He called the situation “truly a nightmare scenario,” adding, “No doubt, there is a lot of work that lies ahead and the road to recovery is long.”
17. The White House released a statement Thursday, saying the administration was in contact with FEMA and state and local officials.
18. On Saturday, residents asked to evacuate were allowed to return to their homes.
West mayor pro tem Steve Vanek speaks to the media.