President Barack Obama says residents of a small Texas town have "the support of the American people" after a fatal fire and explosion at a fertilizer plant.
In a statement Thursday, Obama says he's praying for the tight-knit community of West and thanked first responders who worked through the night to extinguish the flames and treat the wounded.
Authorities say Wednesday's blast killed between five and 15 people and injured more than 160 others.
Obama says his administration is in close contact with authorities on the ground in the farming community as the search-and-rescue operations continue.
Full Obama statement:
"Today our prayers go out to the people of West, Texas in the aftermath of last night's deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant. A tight-knit community has been shaken, and good, hard-working people have lost their lives. I want to thank the first responders who worked tirelessly through the night to contain the situation and treat the wounded.
My Administration, through FEMA and other agencies, is in close contact with our state and local partners on the ground to make sure there are no unmet needs as search and rescue and response operations continue.
West is a town that many Texans hold near and dear to their hearts, and as residents continue to respond to this tragedy, they will have the support of the American people."
KDFW FOX 4
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