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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 8:50 am | Updated: 9:37 am, Thu Apr 18, 2013.

WEST, Texas — Authorities say they've received reports of looting in the aftermath of the catastrophic fertilizer plant explosion that's killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160.

Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton says there's been "a small amount of looting" in the neighborhoods surrounding the West Fertilizer Co.

Swanton says it's too early to estimate the number of looters but says the reports are "a significant concern to us."

He didn't know if arrests had been made, as the focus of emergency responders is search and rescue. Swanton says at least one person suspected of being a looter was seen running from a damaged home.

Responders are concentrating on a "hard, gut-wrenching job" and Swanton says despite looting reports, "West has seen a tremendous outpouring of support."

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