Wisconsin crews recover third body from debris of corn mill blast

Wisconsin crews recover third body from debris of corn mill blast

The explosion occurred late Wednesday night at the Didion Milling Plant in Cambria, a rural village about 45 miles (72 kilometers) northeast of Madison.

Just about everybody in Cambria knows somebody who works at the Didion Milling Plant. Another body was recovered Thursday. "And if that takes a few moments longer, you know, that is better for the families". The explosion and fire also leveled parts of the facility. Block, who was a mill operator, was found early Thursday morning while Goodenow, who operated a forklift, was found Thursday night, according to Derrick Clark, Didion's vice president of operations.

The explosion occured at the Didion Milling Corn Mill at 11 p.m. Wednesday night. At least one mill worker died and more than a dozen other workers were injured.

The cause of the explosion remained unknown Thursday afternoon, according to company officials, and is being investigated. Eleven more were taken to area hospitals via ambulance and helicopter. A total of 37 separate agencies responded to the scene. 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. She says four are in the hospital's burn center, while the fifth is in the hospital's trauma and life support center.

"It's tough", President Riley Didion told 27 News about the explosion. "Over the past 44 years, the Didion team has grown to be a close-knit family, and we ask for your prayers during this hard time".

A reception center has been opened at First Presbyterian Church on 121 W. Florence Street in Cambria. In this photo provided by Jeff Lange, firefighters work the scene following an explosion and fire at the Didion Milling plant in Cambria, Wis., Thursday, June 1, 2017. There were no evacuations in the area, he said, and there's no threat from chemicals or fumes that he's aware of.

Classes at Cambria-Friesland Schools resumed Friday morning.

The district houses early childhood through 12th grade in one building about an eighth of a mile from the plant, Superintendent Timothy Raymond said.

The district said additional counselors and mental health professionals from surrounding school districts, as well as the American Red Cross, will be at its schools Friday.

Raymond said it's unclear how's the student will cope with what happened. "So, all of those things were taken into consideration. They were there for the last 36 hours, and they're still coming in to school today".

Didion employs more than 200 people, according to its website, and is a family-owned business that has been around for more than 40 years and is headquartered in Johnson Creek.

Several people were being treated at a local hospital, WISC-TV says.

The Associated Press says OSHA cited the plant in January 2011 for "exposing workers to hazards associated with dust explosions".

Almost a dozen other people were taken to hospitals following the explosion and fire.

The records show Didion paid a almost $3,500 fine and the case was closed in September 2013. The records don't clearly indicate whether the company complied but the case was closed in September 2013. OSHA investigators are investigating the latest fire.

Cambria is a community of about 770 people. The release notes that Pastor Kristin Frederich will speak before the vigil about how people can help.

The blast was reported around 11 p.m. Wednesday.

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