After hearing that so many people are forced out of their homes, people started a Google document offering up places to stay -- from even as far as Las Vegas.
For information on family and loved ones in West, there is an emergency hotline set up: 254-202-1100.
To get more helpful information from the state during this time, you can call 211.
For all those donating blood on Thursday and Friday for people in West, Z'Tejas in Austin will be handing out free meals. Simply visit any of the three Austin locations -- at Sixth Street, Arboretum and Avery Ranch -- and show your donation card or bandage to receive your choice of entree at lunch or dinner.
Locations open for shelter
- Central United Methodist Church
- Texas State Technical State College in Waco
- Blair's Cove Apartment in Waco
- Gholson ISD
- Gholson Baptist Church
- Latham Springs Inn
- Aquilla ISD
- Alliance Auto Auction on I-35
- Sykora Family Ford in West
- Abbot Community Center
- La Vega Veterinary Clinic- taking in small animals for the night
- Pharmacy at H-E-B store on Woodway is open
- The Home Depot in Bellmead has reopened for anyone needing to buy supplies.
- Organizations taking donations or items (clothing, blankets, etc.) for victims:
- Scott and White Blood and Donation Center- taking blood donations overnight
- Point West Bank - drop off or send to 200 West Oak Street, West 76691
The scene Thursday morning
Officials in West, Texas, are labeling the deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant that left more than 160 hurt a crime scene.
"What that means to us is: Until we know that it is an industrial accident, we will work it as a crime scene," said Waco Police Sgt. William Patrick Swanton during a press conference around 4:40 a.m. "I have heard no indications that this is anything other than an accidental fire."
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officials are investigating the explosion at the plant, while the McLennan County Sheriff's Office is investigating the deaths from the Wednesday night explosion.
Swanton said they were still unsure of the number of deaths so far but offered a rough estimate of anywhere between five- and 15 people.
There have already been more than 160 people treated at hospitals, 19 of whom are in serious condition. Of those 101 people treated at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, five are in critical condition.
"Some needed fertilizer decontamination when they first came in," said Swanton.
In addition, there are three- to five firefighters missing and an additional law enforcement official who was with those firefighters trying to put out the blaze at the plant when the explosion happened.
The blast sent flames shooting high into the night sky -- leaving the factory a smoldering ruin, causing major damage to nearby buildings and injuring several others.
The explosion happened just before 8 p.m. Wednesday and registered a magnitude 2.1 earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Among the damaged buildings was the West Rest Haven Nursing Home, from which first-responders evacuated 133 patients -- some in wheelchairs.
Leander ISD is one of the fastest growing school districts in the state. Their latest demographic report shows a shift in the type of families moving into the district.
A 8-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Two people were robbed at gunpoint at an East Austin apartment complex Monday evening.
In a last-minute surprise late Monday, U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman filed paperwork to challenge fellow Texas Republican and powerful incumbent John Cornyn for the U.S. Senate next year.
University of Texas System regents say they're planning to discuss the employment of Austin campus President Bill Powers, who has sparred with lawmakers and critics over his job in recent years.
Just in time for the holidays, Texas is making sure everyone remembers that wishing someone "Merry Christmas" is now protected by law in its public schools.