Some firefighters unaccounted for after blast

Posted at 5:10 AM, Apr 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-18 06:13:25-04

WEST, Texas (AP) - The mayor of West, 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 says 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.

Muska, who is a volunteer firefighter himself, says not all of his fellow firefighters are accounted for. He says the blast knocked his helmet off and shattered the windows of his nearby home.

Authorities say an unknown number of people were killed in the blast, which leveled buildings for blocks in every direction.

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