Sheriff: Explosion at Wisconsin plant kills at least 1

Didion Milling Plant executive Derrick Clark says the worker's body was found June 2 in the rubble of the plant in Cambria.

Details on the explosion have steadily been released by officials on Thursday.

Tordoff, who operated a packing machine, was found Friday morning by search and research teams with the help of police dogs, Clark said.

The cause of explosion remained unclear Friday.

Clark says a fire two days before the explosion at the Didion plant was unrelated to Wednesday's explosion.

Records show a Wisconsin corn mill that exploded late Wednesday night was reprimanded by federal safety inspectors six years ago for not taking precautions against dust explosions.

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

There is no word yet on the condition of any of those employees, although some could have serious injuries, Columbia County Sheriff Dennis Richards said.

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Founded in 1972 in Johnson Creek, where the company is still headquartered, Didion employs a total of about 225 people, many of whom move between locations in Jefferson, Columbia and Green Lake counties, making it hard to know how many work at the Cambria facility, which opened in 1991.

TV news vans lined the streets around First Presbyterian Church, where the Red Cross had set up a center in the basement, and dotted the parking lot of the single building that houses the Cambria-Friesland elementary, middle and high schools. OSHA investigators are investigating the latest fire.

Cambria Village Clerk Lois Frank says local fire department officials say the search for another missing worker continued Friday at the site. 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. Ethanol Producer Magazine has been unable to determine if the ethanol plant was damaged by the explosion.

Sixteen people were inside the plant at the time of the explosion. Eleven more were taken to area hospitals via ambulance and helicopter.

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Recovery crews are searching a mountain of debris for two missing employees after a fatal explosion at a corn mill in southern Wisconsin. Facilities with poor designs that allow dust to settle in horizontal areas or faulty housekeeping practices usually are most susceptible to having problems, he said.

Didion officials didn't immediately return messages from The Associated Press on Thursday.

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