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LATEST UPDATE: Texas Fertilizer Plant explosion
TEXAS -- The mayor of west, Texas tells USA Today, 35 people, including 10 first responders died in the Fertilizer Plant explosion Wednesday night.
Lives changed in an instant...
Residents of the small town of west, Texas flooded a local church Thursday night for a candlelight vigil in honor of the dead and injured.
Because they need a lot of prayer, and a lot of help.
Aerial pictures over the Fertilizer Plant show a scene of total devastation.
A playground and an apartment building nearby were also destroyed.
"The apartment complex looks like it was a bombing site of an explosion, the kind you see in Baghdad. it was utterly destroyed."
Wednesday night's massive explosion left more than 160 people injured
"It like picked me up and pushed me back a little, like an earthquake."
A nursing home in the blast zone collapsed. This couple rushed inside to help.
"You could hear people screaming, they wanted out, they were screaming for their lives."
Officials say 50 to 60 homes in a five-block radius were damaged.
"We can't get back there but it's just totally, completely, the roof just caved in."
Among the dead, a number of First Responders.
"In the face of the most incredible danger First Responders ran in to try to save the lives of someone else.
Texas Governor Rick Perry declared McLennan County a disaster Thursday.
"Anyone that grew up like your dad did in a small town like West know that this tragedy has most likely hit every family."
Officials are still working to determine just what caused the deadly explosion.