Texas Police Sergeant Patrick Swanton said that law enforcement authorities do not rule out the version on the deliberate crime on a chemical factory in the West. Meanwhile, local residents in Twitter complain of problems with breathing and pain in the eyes. It is reported that in the air above the scene formed a toxic cloud.
In Texas, Sergeant Patrick Swanton confirmed deaths in the explosion at the factory for the production of mineral fertilizers. However, he declined to give a specific number of victims. "We want to spread the facts, not speculation," - explained the official.
According to Swanton, now rescuers evacuate people under the rubble. The reason for the incident is still unknown. The authorities did not exclude the version of arson.
The head of the ambulance service West George Smith, who had previously announced 70 deaths, this time confirmed the deaths of six firefighters, two physicians and one policeman.
Meanwhile, local residents in Twitter complain of problems with breathing and pain in the eyes. It is reported that in the air above the scene formed a toxic cloud.
Fire occurred in a tank with anhydrous ammonia. According to preliminary information, the company kept 54 tons of the substance.
As wrote in a Twitter journalist local television station KWTX-TV Jay Hicks, a 2006 West Fertilizer plant was fined $ 2.3 million for non-compliance of safety measures.