Crews look for 2 workers after fatal blast at Wisconsin mill

More than 10 employees were injured in the incident at the Didion Milling plant in Cambria, Wisconsin, local Sheriff Dennis Richards said at a press conference on Thursday morning. In 2006, the company broke ground on a 50 MMgy ethanol plant, Didion Ethanol LLC, across the street from its dry corn mill.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office confirmed on early Thursday morning that at least 1 people had been killed and about a dozen others were injured.

Mill President Riley Didion says the company is still not sure about what could have caused the explosion, and they are investigating the issue. There was no immediate word on the conditions of those injured, but many were said to have suffered burn injuries.

The village was not evacuated and Williams said he was told there was no further threat.

As a precaution, parents were instructed not to send their children to public schools on Thursday.

"Quite a few of the employees live in the village and surrounding area". Two workers are missing. In the wake of the explosion, firemen arrived on the scene and attempted to battle the still burning fires at the facility to rescue people still inside. "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". It is unknown how many were working in the plant Wednesday night. There were five grain dust explosions in the United States previous year and two of the incidents resulted in fatalities, Purdue University said in an annual report. Williams says there were no evacuations in the area.

The blast leveled the corn milling structure at the Didion complex in Columbia, a village of about 770 residents roughly 45 miles northeast of Madison.

Firefighters and ambulance services from other communities have responded and he says there have been multiple medical flights, Richards said.

  • Larry Hoffman