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West, Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion 8:15 Press Conference Highlights

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Waco PD PIO William Swanton is holding another press conference at the moment: Governor Perry will be doing a press conference at the DPS HQ in Austin, Texas at 11:45 this morning. Perry will release all information they have this morning about the state's involvement in the case.

There was a search and rescue briefing conducted this morning by numerous state and local agencies at 7 AM to update the Obama Administration and state authorities with the latest information.

Weather is a factor due to the dropping temperatures and the rain. Beginning to affect the search and rescue operations, but also helping to keep fires under control. Those fires are not yet contained but are also not nearly so dangerous as before. Small amount of looting this morning, so they are stepping up efforts to secure the West area. Too big to have done it in the night.

No new numbers to give, but there are firefighters missing. There is a firefighter/law enforcement person that was missing beforehand that has now been found. He is in a local hospital with serious injuries. Swanton believes there are 3-4 firefighters still missing.

Search and rescue continues now that the Sun has come up and there is more light available. Swanton doesn't have a number of how many have been rescued or how many bodies have been found. He's now fielding a question about Turkish nationalities and I have no reason why. Now he's talking about the camaraderie of the city of West and the way those people will respond to help each other, in addition to the exterior groups there to make sure nobody is out in the cold.

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It's fairly incredible how many actual journalists (which I am not) have yet to take any time off from last night. I had to go to bed because I was exhausted, but now I'm seeing that they have not. People like this:

He's been all over this from the very beginning, so throw him a follow if you're on twitter. So has...

Same thing.

According to KWTX, the latest estimate of fatalities is between 5 and 15. Let's pray it is that low.

Update (9:04 AM CST):

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Due to overwhelming support, we may ask to schedule your appt. in the days or weeks to come, to support recovery of all ongoing needs.</p>&mdash; Carter BloodCare (@CarterBloodCare) <a href="https://twitter.com/CarterBloodCare/status/324869637932212224">April 18, 2013</a></blockquote>
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-Prashanth

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>"All that community is gone" @<a href="https://twitter.com/wacopolice">wacopolice</a> referring to <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23West">#West</a> due to the <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23WestExplosion">#WestExplosion</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23KWTXAM">#KWTXAM</a></p>&mdash; Taina Maya (@TainaMayaKWTX) <a href="https://twitter.com/TainaMayaKWTX/status/324875428349231105">April 18, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The State is responding to <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23WestExplosion">#WestExplosion</a> We'll hear from @<a href="https://twitter.com/governorperry">governorperry</a> on specific emergency response efforts at 11:45am</p>&mdash; Jessica Vess (@JessicaV_KVUE) <a href="https://twitter.com/JessicaV_KVUE/status/324872254213214208">April 18, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Please join me in praying for the victims of the explosion in Texas and their families.</p>&mdash; Pope Francis (@Pontifex) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/324814961572446209">April 18, 2013</a></blockquote>
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