Elderly persons from a nearby nursing home are triaged in a parking lot before being moved to a school stadium following a fertilizer plant explosion Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in West, Texas. The explosion near Waco Wednesday night injured dozens of people and sent flames shooting high into the night sky, leaving the factory a smoldering ruin and causing major damage to surrounding buildings. (Photo: AP/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)
Four square blocks of the West, Texas, farming community near the fertilizer plant that had a massive explosion Wednesday night was reduced to rubble with up to 15 people estimated to be killed and more than 160 injured.
The town 20 miles north of Waco had only three ambulances of its own and saw support from rescue teams in the surrounding communities overnight.
Those not directly impacted by this local tragedy might be seeking an avenue through which they can express their care and support.
Some have already begun donating "for West, Texas" and for "for Texas volunteer firefighter depts."
Find more information about donating to Mercury One's Disaster Relief Fund here.
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