Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

1 dead, 2 missing after Wisconsin mill explosion

1 dead, 2 missing after Wisconsin mill explosion

The incident happened at about 11 p.m. on Wednesday when a large explosion ripped through the Didion Milling Corn Mill, which is located on Williams Street in the town of Cambria, about 35 miles (57 kilometers) northeast of Madison. Cambria Village President Glen Williams said the Didion Corn Milling Plant went up in flames after an explosion late last night.

WKOW says right now the fire is contained, but crews are still trying to figure out how secure the structure is.

On Thursday morning, the Cambria-Friesland School District announced that classes will not be held on Thursday. A Didion family spokesman says their teams are very close and they're asking for prayers for the workers and their families. Richards said 16 people were working at the facility at the time of the explosion, two of whom left uninjured and refused medical care. Investigators were working to determine whether there was a link between that fire and Wednesday night's explosion, Doucette said.

Photos from the scene show that at least one building has collapsed as a result of the explosion.

Some concrete storage silos are damaged but remained standing. There were five grain dust explosions in the United States a year ago and two of the incidents resulted in fatalities, Purdue University said in an annual report.

Thirty-seven agencies were responding to the blast, Richards said.

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

The company employs more than 200 people.

The sheriff's office said 23 fire departments, two Med Flight responders, two Flight for Life responders, eight EMS services, four police departments, county and state departments rendered assistance following the explosion, along with the Red Cross, Salvation Army and other entities.

Officials said that the ethanol plant, which is situated across the road, is not in danger and that there is no threat from chemicals or fumes to the general public.

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