Thursday, June 1, 2017

Didion Milling Explosion in Cambria

Terrible news:


Columbia County dispatch confirms to News 3 multiple crews are responding to reports of an explosion at a corn milling plant in Cambria.

Cambria Village President Glen Williams said the explosion was reported around 11 p.m. at the Didion Milling plant in the 500 block of Williams Street.

Williams said multiple fire departments and medical helicopters were called to the scene, but he did not know how many people were injured or the extent of the injuries.

...A spokesperson from the Beaver Dam Community Hospital told News 3 they are treating people who were injured in the explosion, but wouldn't say how many people or the extent of their injuries.

Williams said the three- or four-story structure housed the mill’s lab. He said the structure was leveled in the explosion. He said there is no danger to the public at this time, and no need for evacuation.

Williams said the mill processes corn and corn by-products for ethanol plants. Didion’s ethanol plant is across the street from where the explosion happened, and it is not in any danger, Williams said.

From WKOW:

Columbia County Sheriff Dennis Richards confirms there was an explosion at the Didion Milling plant in Cambria.

"It's a large three or four story building that doesn't exist anymore," Cambria Village President Glen Williams said about the rubble.

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

Richard says families are being asked to go to the Cambria Highway Shop at 119 E. Second Street. while the search continues for missing loved ones.

..."I don't want to say it sounded like a sonic boom.... but it was loud, a startling sound" Williams said about the noise. "The power went out immediately, so it got the attention of everyone, everywhere," he added.

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