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PLANT EXPLOSION: 1 dead, 2 missing in Wisconsin

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CAMBRIA, Wis. (AP) - Rescue crews are scouring the rubble of a corn mill plant for two employees following an explosion that killed at least one person and injured about a dozen others in southern Wisconsin, authorities said this morning.

Columbia County Sheriff Dennis Richards said during a news conference that 16 employees were working at the time of the blast at the Didion Milling Plant in Cambria, a small community about 45 miles northeast of Madison. The plant processes corn for ethanol.

Richards said one person was killed and two people were still missing as of Thursday morning. Authorities said about a dozen people were injured in the blast, though no details about the injuries have been released.

Dozens of area police, fire and rescue agencies - including medical flight crews - responded after the explosion was reported around 11 p.m. Wednesday at the facility. No information has been released about what may have caused the blast.

Cambria Village President Glen Williams said the fire was contained by early Thursday, but he said the building was destroyed. Williams said there were no evacuations in the area.

Schools in the Cambria-Friesland district closed today because of the incident in Cambria, a village of about 770 residents.

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Columbia County Sheriff Dennis Richards more than a dozen people were injured and at least one person was killed in an explosion in Cambria.

There were at least 16 employees working at the time at Didion Milling plant. Two were able to get out safely and the others were not. The sheriff says there are also two known employees still missing at this point.

Crews are still trying to determine how secure the building is. A Didion family spokesman says their teams are very close and they're asking for prayers for the workers and their families.

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UPDATE:  Columbia County Sheriff Dennis Richards more than a dozen people were injured and at least one person was killed in an explosion in Cambria.

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CAMBRIA, Wis. (AP) - An explosion at a corn milling plant has rocked a community in central Wisconsin.

Columbia County Sheriff Dennis Richards tells local news outlets the blast was reported around 11 p.m. Wednesday at the Didion Milling Plant in Cambria.

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

Cambria Village President Glen Williams told Madison station WKOW that the fire was contained by early Thursday. He says there were no evacuations in the area and there's no threat from chemicals or fumes that he's aware of.

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