Race to find survivors after ‘nightmare’ Texas blast

Search and rescue workers comb through what remains of a 50-unit apartment building (foreground) and the West Rest Haven Nursing Home the day after an explosion at the West Fertiliser Company destroyed the buildings. Photo: AFP

Rescuers in Texas on Thursday combed through rubble in a painstaking search for survivors after a massive blast at a fertiliser factory killed as many as 15 people and destroyed dozens of homes.

Friday, 19 April, 2013, 10:41am

Hunt for survivors after 15 killed in blast at Texas fertiliser plant

Aerial view of the plant before the blast.Photo: SCMP Pictures

The search continued yesterday for survivors of a huge explosion that tore through a fertiliser plant in a small central Texas town on Wednesday night. At least 15 people died and more than 160 were injured in the blast, which destroyed buildings and created a potential threat of toxic fumes settling over the area.

19 Apr 2013 - 5:00am

Hundreds injured in deadly blast at Texas fertiliser plant

Emergency workers fight a house fire after a nearby fertiliser plant exploded in Texas. Photo: AP

A Texas fertiliser factory exploded in a huge fireball on Wednesday, destroying nearby homes and killing between five and 15 people, with one official likening the blast to a “nuclear bomb”.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am