Nursing home residents evacuated after Texas explosion

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Update: A resident at West Rest Haven Home has died from injuries in the explosion, according to the Dallas Morning News. There have been 12 bodies recovered.

More than 100 residents were safely evacuated after their nursing home in West, TX, was heavily damaged by a fertilizer facility explosion Wednesday night. 


A fire that began at the West Fertilizer Co. Thursday appeared to have triggered an explosion 20 minutes later. As many as 15 people are feared dead, and up to 160 people were injured. The Texas Department of Public Safety reported 200 Emergency Room visits and 50 hospital admissions. 

Eyewitnesses said they tried to free residents at West Rest Haven Home trapped in their rooms in wheelchairs or under Sheetrock, but that all residents were eventually taken to safety. 


Nursing home worker Lola Millhollin and another employee were wheeling two residents out through the building's foyer at about 8 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. “All of a sudden it just blew, I mean, everything went flying everywhere, and once that happened I looked around and debris was just down,” she said. An interview with Milhollin can be seen here.