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Sheriff: Explosion at Wisconsin plant kills at least 1

The Didion Milling corn processing plant in Cambria blew up Wednesday night, killing three workers and injuring 11 more so severely they had to be taken to area hospitals. Goodenow was a forklift operator.

She said he wasn't married and had no children but was happy and always joked around at family gatherings. Didion said it was too early to determine a cause for the explosion.

Authorities say two people are unaccounted for after a fatal explosion that leveled part of a corn mill plant in southern Wisconsin.

The number of employees inside the building during the explosion fluctuated through the day Thursday. Block's body was found early Thursday while Goodenow's remains were discovered late Thursday.

UPDATE (WKOW) - Columbia County Sheriff Dennis Richards more than a dozen people were injured and at least one person was killed in an explosion in Cambria. A review of online OSHA records shows the plant was cited in January 2011 for exposing its workers to dust explosion hazards. The explosion happened shortly after 11 pm Wednesday. Recovery crews searched a mountain of debris on Thursday fol.

All of the 16 employees in the plant when the explosion occurred have been accounted for.

Almost two dozen fire departments and four police departments responded. The extent of their injuries is not known. Authorities are searching for two workers who were listed as missing after the blast. Two of those people walked away uninjured, NBC reported. The location was chosen primarily for the quality of local corn available for milling, as well as to facilitate the selection of the highest quality grain directly from local growers, but it also brought easy access to transportation outlets for both domestic and export markets.

According to a GoFundMe page set up, one victim was identified as 27-year-old Duelle Block.

Sixteen people were inside the plant at the time of the explosion.

Didion Milling's corn mill in Cambria, Wisconsin, U.S. pictured in 2012. The records say filters in the plant lacked an explosion protective system.

"I'll be honest, when you pull up to a scene like that, that's something you never expect to see and I hope to God that I never have to see it again in my life", said Cambria Fire Chief Cody Doucette.

Located approximately 45 miles north-east of Madison, or 85 miles north-west of Milwaukee, Didion Milling has been in operation for approximately 40 years.

"It's going to hit a lot of people, farmers, the town, companies, [and] workers", Ramirez said.



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