The mayor of the town West, Texas, said 35 people were killed in a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant. Dozens remain hospitalized.
The Dallas Fire-Rescue department said one of its off-duty fire captains was killed while helping fight the blaze. Captain Kenny Harris lived in West and wasn't on duty when he decided to lend a hand to volunteer firefighters. Harris was a 52-year-old married father of three grown sons. The Dallas Fire-Rescue chaplain and other members of department are in West to help comfort his family.
Hospital officials said they've treated everyone from children, to first responders, to nursing home residents. More than 160 patients were injured in the blast.
The explosion occurred Wednesday night, damaging or destroying buildings within a half-mile radius.
Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are attempting to determine the cause of the explosion.
Investigators said the area where the explosion happened is still a "very volatile situation."
Wednesday, March 5 2014 8:29 AM EST2014-03-05 13:29:40 GMT
Several Smith County fire crews have contained an early morning house fire in Overton. Authorities tell us the fire began around 5:00 Wednesday morning in the 400 block of E. South Street. Arp, OvertonMore >>
Several Smith County fire crews have contained an early morning house fire in Overton.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 12:20 AM EST2014-03-05 05:20:20 GMT
Final results are in for several high-profile elections.In the primary race for State House, District 6 Republican Matt Schaefer defeated challenger Skip Ogle. In the Smith County Judge Republican primary,More >>
Final results are in for several important Smith County elections.More >>
Tuesday, March 4 2014 7:41 PM EST2014-03-05 00:41:37 GMT
A gas leak has forced the polling place at Gary Elementary to close and the building is being evacuated, according to Smith County election officials. This affects voters in Precincts 36, 70 and 80. ThoseMore >>
A gas leak has forced the polling place at Gary Elementary to close.More >>