Explosion at Wisconsin corn milling plant kills at least 1

There were at least 16 employees working at the time at Didion Milling plant.

They have been using cranes to move debris and search dogs in their efforts.

Recovery crews pulled one more body from the rubble of a Wisconsin corn mill that exploded a day earlier, bringing the death toll to two, and another worker remains missing.

Two of the 17 employees that were on shift at the Didion Milling plant on Highway 146 in Cambria were still missing as of about 5 a.m. Thursday, Sheriff Dennis Richards said during a press conference at the Cambria Village Hall on Edgewater Street. The blast leveled most of the plant. That word came Friday from Didion Milling Vice President of Operations Derrick Clark, who said the body was recovered with the help of a search and rescue dog Friday morning.

Searchers recovered forklift driver Robert Goodenow's body Thursday evening and found mill operator Duelle Block dead shortly after the explosion. "Didion works strongly with our communities, supporting our parks and et cetera, so any loss for them is a loss for us".

The cause of the explosion remained unknown Thursday afternoon, according to company officials, and is being investigated.

Ramirez said there has been a mix of workers at the milling facility - some stayed there for decades, while others worked seasonally.

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

In announcing plans to pull the USA out of the Paris climate accord, President Donald Trump declared that he was "elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris". There were five grain dust explosions in the United States a year ago and two of the incidents resulted in fatalities, Purdue University said in an annual report. Keeping facilities clean of dust and equipment in good working order to reduce the possibility of igniting the dust are important to preventing explosions, the report said.

Records show Didion paid a $3,465 fine and the case was closed in September 2013.

"For something like this to happen to somebody who cares about safety so much and so deeply and is so proactive, it's unbelievable", said Jim Brunker, a partner and senior account executive for M3 Insurance.

The district houses early childhood through 12th grade in one building about an eighth of a mile from the plant, Superintendent Timothy Raymond said. We wish we weren't here for this reason, but it's just proof that something good comes out of something terrible, " Richards said. The company employs about 200 people. Some might be moved to other facilities or retrained to handle other duties, he said. The company stores, mills and transports corn products, and specializes in ethanol production, according to Didion Milling's website and LinkedIn page.

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University of Wisconsin Hospital spokeswoman Emily Kumlien says five people were air-lifted to her facility.

She said he wasn't married and had no children but was happy and always joked around at family gatherings.

The company's insurer said their internal workers compensation claims showed they were getting safer every year.

"It's good for the kids, because a lot of these kids are from right here in Cambria", Surges said.

Atttempts to reach Block and Tordoff's families were unsuccessful. Four were in the burn unit. She declined to disclose any of the patients' conditions.

More than four medical helicopters were sent to the scene, according to authorities.

Several people were being treated at a local hospital, WISC-TV says.

Eleven employees were taken to hospitals via ambulance, Med Flight and Flight for Life. A voicemail left at the hospital inquiring about their condition Friday afternoon wasn't returned.


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