Wisconsin Mill Explosion Had Precedence

Clark's statement didn't address the past citation. Clark says the company is working with local police and emergency responders.

The cause of the explosion was under investigation. Company officials haven't returned messages seeking comment from The Associated Press.

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.

Ashcraft said he, his wife, and his four kids all felt the impact of the explosion inside their home.

Emails sent to several Didion officials Thursday and a voicemail left for Vice President of Sales Jeff Dillon by The Associated Press weren't returned. OSHA investigators are investigating the latest fire.

Crews are searching for a worker who remains unaccounted for following a fatal explosion at a southern Wisconsin corn mill. "That's all I know", Richards said. She declined to disclose any of the patients' conditions. About a dozen others have been injured.

Community members have planned a vigil for 7 p.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church in Cambria.

Some concrete storage silos are damaged but remained standing.

According to Cambria Village President Glen Williams, the mill processes corn and corn by-products for ethanol plants.

(WISN-TV via AP). In this image taken from a video by WISN-TV, the rubble of a corn mill plant following an explosion is seen, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Cambria, Wis.

According to information released by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, the explosion occurred at Didion Milling facility at approximately 11:00 p.m. on May 31.

Sixteen people were inside the plant at the time of the explosion. There was no immediate word on the conditions of those injured, but many were said to have suffered burn injuries. A group of Cambria residents sued the company two years later, alleging the milling operation was causing air pollution, though the suit was thrown out.

Richards tells La Crosse television station WXOW that at least one person was killed and more than a dozen are hurt.

16 employees were inside the facility at the time, a spokeswoman for the Village of Cambria said. Williams said there were no evacuations in the area. He noted that the plant, in a community of about 770 people, is an economic anchor in the area.

Multiple crews are responding to reports of an explosion in Columbia County.

  • Larry Hoffman