Wisconsin Mill Explosion Had Precedence

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"A big explosion happened, then everything just collapsed", a Didion employee, Nayeli Hernandez said in an interview with television news station WISC.

Tim Raymond, Superintendent of Schools, said the district is made up of roughly 400 students. He says the district chose to shut down Thursday as a precaution in case the fire wasn't completely extinguished.

The company employs more than 200 people. Earlier, authorities had said there were 16. Sixteen employees were working when the blast occurred. Village of Cambria officials later said 17 were inside before revising the number back to 16.

Two other plant employees were treated and released. Twelve were transported to hospitals via ambulances and medical flights. Authorities discovered the body of a second worker sometime today.

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In the last 35 years, over 500 grain dust explosions have been recorded at grain handling facilities in the USA, killing more than 180 people and injuring more than 675, according to OSHA. Company officials haven't returned messages seeking comment from The Associated Press.

Forklift driver Robert Goodenow was one of the workers killed. Ethanol Producer Magazine has been unable to determine if the ethanol plant was damaged by the explosion.

The federal safety agency ordered the mill to correct the problem by April 2011, and the records show Didion paid a $3,465 fine and the case was closed in September 2013. OSHA hasn't cited the plant for anything since. OSHA has launched an investigation into Wednesday night's blast.

She said she was pleased the district had called in extra counselors. It left at least two people dead.

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The community of about 770 people 45 miles northeast of Madison held a vigil Thursday night to grieve the loss of life. She says she's devastated.

Five people were air-lifted to the University Hospital in Madison. She declined to disclose any of the patients' conditions. Emergency crews were still searching for a third worker. Officials say three died following the Wednesday night incident, and recovery crews found the final missing person.

There was no immediate word on the severity of the injuries or what may have caused the blast.

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. The first victim was found a short time after Wednesday's explosion.

Numerous fire departments, law enforcement offices and rescue agencies from the area responded to the scene, according to Cambria Village President Glen Williams.

Investigators still do not know what caused the explosion. Eleven people were hurt.

Cambria Fire Chief Cody Doucette said Thursday a smaller fire occurred in a different part of the mill on Monday. Along with jobs, the plant provides business to area farmers, Ramirez said, and its employees and executives are regulars at Two White Doves and The Dump.

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

"It's tough", President Riley Didion told 27 News about the explosion.

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