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Four firefighters confirmed dead; including North Texan

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We're learning more about the firefighters who bravely responded to a massive fire at the West Fertilizer plant and lost their lives in the explosion. FOX4 has learned four victims have been identified as firefighters. One of them is from North Texas.

Perry Calvin worked as a volunteer firefighter from Frost in Navarro County. He worked alongside his father who's the fire chief there.

Captain Kenny Harris was a member of Dallas Fire Rescue, Station 30. He was in West with his family and responded to the fire on his own. 

It's being reported there was an intense smell of ammonia before the fire and explosion.

West Volunteer Fire Department members quickly responded to alarms from the plant. They went inside to rescue the people right before the whole building blew up. A cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

Bill Warren is a 32-year resident of West. He was one of hundreds who helped senior citizens escape a nursing home located near the plant. As a veteran of the Vietnam War, the scene brought back horrible memories.

"I saw people lose their lives. It brought it back yesterday. It brought it back. Working in that football field seeing these people all bloody and mangled you know and it brought it all back," said Bill Warren.

"It' shocking. People died that I knew," Warren said. "People died that I associated with. Not only personally but on a business level and to me it's devastating."

Sources close to FOX4 and West Mayor Tommy Muska report as many as 40 people are dead or unaccounted for.

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