Sheriff: Explosion at Wisconsin plant kills at least 1

Sheriff: Explosion at Wisconsin plant kills at least 1

Sheriff: Explosion at Wisconsin plant kills at least 1

One person was killed and 16 others were injured from an explosion and large fire that occurred at Didion Milling's corn mill in Cambria, Wisconsin, U.S., on May 31. Eleven people were hurt. Another body was recovered Thursday.

The victims are identified as mill operator Duelle Block, forklift operator Robert Goodenow and pack operator Pawel Tordoff. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Emergency crews are responding to a reported explosion and fire at a corn milling plant in Cambria, located in Columbia County.

Richards said one person was killed and two people still were missing as of this morning.

Mill President Riley Didion says the company is still not sure about what could have caused the explosion, and they are investigating the issue.

The sheriff says it has been hard on a personal level to know they may be just feet from someone who might be buried, but because of the danger posed by the structure, rescuers may not even know where that person is and that they might not be able to get to that person. "Our prayers are with everyone". It was unclear on Thursday whether the blast occurred in that part of the facility.

At this time, the safety and security of our employees is our top priority.

According to Chief Doucette, there was a fire in a different section of the plant on Monday.

OSHA ordered the mill to correct the problem by April 2011.

According to the AP, Didion payed a $3,500 fine and the case was closed.

This Thursday, June 1, 2017, photo provided by Jeff Lange shows firefighters at the scene following an explosion and fire at the Didion Milling plant in Cambria, Wis.

Other employees were taken to a hospital in Beaver Dam.

The Wisconsin Red Cross reported it sent a team to the site.

The building - described as "three or four" stories tall - was completely leveled in the detonation, Cambria Village President Glen Williams said.

The meeting came at the same time Didion Milling held a press conference to announce tragic news about the plant explosion. Williams said there were no evacuations in the area.

Hundreds of homes and businesses in Cambria and nearby Randolph lost power.

Donations can be mailed to Old Mill Foundation Didion Benefit Fund, c/o National Exchange Bank, 118 W. Edgewater St., Box 338, Cambria, WI 53922.

These funds will go directly to assisting those affected.

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