Explosion at Wisconsin corn milling plant kills at least 1

06/02/2017The site of a deadly explosion that killed two workers at a corn milling facility in Columbia County and injured over a dozen others had been reprimanded in the past for violating safety regulations. A cause of the incident has not yet been released.

Recovery crews were still searching a mountain of debris for the two missing workers.

The names of the victims have not yet been released. Fourteen others were inj...

Cambria Village President Glen Williams said the three or four-story structure housed the mill's lab and the structure was leveled in the explosion.

An OSHA inspection report said Didion didn't keep its corn processing facility "free from recognized hazards that caused or were likely to cause death or serious physical harm". He said the cause of that fire is still undetermined but the company has a good idea of what caused it and it involved "a distinctly separate system" than what was involved in the explosion.

Records from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) show Didion Milling Plant was cited in January 2011 for exposing workers to hazards associated with dust explosion and other fire hazards.

Despite Didion's history of environmental violations, the state helped the company win $5.6 million in stimulus funding to expand its milling and ethanol facilities, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has reported. He's says his biggest concern is the community as a whole, but he knows the district is doing their part in helping from the classroom. Employees seemed to like Didion, she said, though for many the work could be tough, with a lot of heavy lifting.

The explosion and fire that leveled the plant at the milling complex also injured about a dozen others.

The explosion happened at around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, causing severe damage to the buildings onsite.

Authorities say there were 17 people not 16 inside the southern Wisconsin corn mill that exploded late Wednesday night.

Crews plan to search through the night Thursday to find the one remaining missing person. There's also an ethanol plant on-site, but it was not involved in the explosion.

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

The Cambria-Friesland School District canceled classes Thursday.

The blast occurred late Wednesday at the Didion Milling Plant in Cambria, a rural village about 45 miles (72 kilometers) northeast of Madison. There were no evacuations in the area and Williams says there is no threat from chemicals or fumes that he is aware of.

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

"We've had multiple fire departments, ambulances from numerous communities, multiple Medflights", Williams said.

  • Santos West