Published: Sat, June 03, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

3rd worker found dead after blast at Wisconsin corn mill

3rd worker found dead after blast at Wisconsin corn mill

Authorities say there were 17 people inside the corn mill.

"This has been very hard for everybody that's been there, including the families that sat for hours waiting for some type of information", Richards said at the Thursday morning press conference.

And while their top priority was finding out about the workers hurt in the blast, some also wondered what the explosion could mean for Cambria if the village loses one of its economic anchors. The names of both victims are not being released until family has been notified. It left at least two people dead. Fourteen others were inj...

Just about everybody in Cambria knows somebody who works at the Didion Milling Plant. A lot of them work at the Cambria corn mill plant, Clark said. A smaller fire occurred in a different part of the facility on Monday, and investigators were working to determine whether it may be linked to Wednesday's explosion, said Cambria Fire Chief Cody Doucette. He said the cause of that fire is still undetermined but the company has a good idea of what caused it and it involved "a distinctly separate system" than what was involved in the explosion.

The mill was reprimanded by federal safety inspectors six years ago for not taking precautions against dust explosions, which are a major hazard in handling grain, records showed. The records don't clearly indicate whether the company complied but the case was closed in September 2013.

School will be back in session Friday with counselors available to talk with students about the incident. Earlier, authorities had said there were 16.

Clark and Didion's insurance company representative held a press conference at Didion company headquarters in Johnson Creek.

Commencement will go on as scheduled at the nearby Cambria-Friesland High School at 7 p.m. Friday after emergency crews declared the area sufficiently stable.

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The plan on the county level seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels over the next eight years.

Recovery crews were still searching a mountain of debris for the two missing workers.

Clark said employees weren't allowed to smoke inside the building but he declined to speculate on other causes for the explosions besides dust ignition.

An OSHA inspection report said Didion didn't keep its corn processing facility "free from recognized hazards that caused or were likely to cause death or serious physical harm". Along with jobs, the plant provides business to area farmers, Ramirez said, and its employees and executives are regulars at Two White Doves and The Dump.

Glen Williams, village president of the Cambria, told WKOW-TV the fire was contained by early Thursday morning.

An explosion at a corn milling plant has rocked a community in central Wisconsin.

Didion plans to rebuild the facility in Cambria, Clark said.

Multiple fire departments, ambulances and medical helicopters were called to the scene. He says there were no evacuations in the area and there's no threat from chemicals or fumes that he's aware of.

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