WEST, Texas — Tommy Muska, the mayor of West Texas, told USA Today and the Los Angeles Times that “around 35 people, including 10 first responders,” died in the fertilizer plant explosion north of Waco on Wednesday night. Muska told the paper that five of the 10 first responders were members of the town’s volunteer fire department.
The other fatal victims were four EMS workers and an off-duty Dallas firefighter who joined the response, Muska told the paper. He said not all the bodies have been recovered. Muska told the LA Times the number might be as high as 40 dead and said he got that number because all other residents and first-responders were identified.
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