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Blood center: Donors needed after fertilizer plant explosion

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The remains of a fertilizer plant burn after an explosion at the plant in the town of West, near Waco, Texas early April 18, 2013. The deadly explosion ripped through the fertilizer plant late on Wednesday, injuring more than 100 people, leveling dozens of homes and damaging other buildings including a school and nursing home, authorities said. (Reuters)

A blood center that serves Central Texas hospitals says donors are greatly needed due to the massive plant explosion that has injured more than 160 people.

Carter BloodCare said in a statement Thursday that it is sending blood to hospitals treating patients from the explosion in West, near Waco. It says blood "will be in great demand over the next two weeks" as officials work to replenish supplies used after Wednesday's incident.

Police estimate 5 to 15 people were killed in the explosion at West Fertilizer, which demolished many nearby homes and businesses.

Dallas' Medical City Hospital is holding a blood drive starting Thursday morning.

A list of places to give blood is located at http://www.carterbloodcare.org.