A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in the southwestern U.S. state of Texas Wednesday evening left dozens of people injured and caused serious damage to nearby homes and buildings.
The plant was located in a small community located just outside the town of Waco. An official with the Texas Department of Public Safety says the blast caused fatalities, but he did not give a specific number.
Local firefighters were battling a fire burning at the plant when the blast occurred. Many buildings collapsed from the power of the blast, including a nursing home with over 100 residents.
The cause of the explosion is not known.
A nearby high school football field was turned into emergency staging area to treat the victims.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has issued a statement saying state resources have been mobilized to provide assistance to local authorities.