Salvation Army Responds to Large Explosion at Chemical Plant in Texas
Five Salvation Army Canteens Mobilized to Offer Food, Drinks, and Emotional and Spiritual Care
WACO – The Salvation Army is responding after a large explosion at a fertilizer plant devastated the small city of West, TX, just before 8:00 PM (CDT) Wednesday evening. The Salvation Army quickly mobilized support teams and by midnight had deployed five Emergency Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) to the area.
The Salvation Army is providing refreshment and emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders at several locations in and around West. Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) from Waco, Corsicana, Waxahachie, Fort Worth and Williamson County are all serving at the scene. Major Dan Ford, Commanding Officer of the Waco Salvation Army, is the Incident Commander coordinating The Salvation Army response with city and state emergency personnel.
The temperature has dropped dramatically overnight with heavy rain moving into the area. The Salvation Army has 50 cases of rain suits, jackets and blankets to distribute. This morning, The Salvation Army is preparing to serve breakfast to 500 people and as the situation develops will remain ready to serve as long as needed.
The massive blast, which measured 2.1 on the Richter scale, was felt as far as 80 miles away in Dallas. It is estimated that between 50 to 75 homes have been damaged or destroyed, including a 50-unit apartment complex. More than 170 people have been hospitalized with multiple fatalities at the scene.