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CEO says cause of deadly mill explosion remains unknown

Wisconsin State Farmer
The destruction left after a May 31 explosion at the corn mill plant at Didion Milling greets drivers heading north on Highway 146 by Cambria. Three workers died in the explosion. Two other workers died in the hospital from injuries sustained in the explosion.

CAMBRIA (AP) — The head of a southern Wisconsin milling and ethanol company where five people were killed in an explosion says it will be rebuilt with the best available technology for safety and efficiency.

Didion Milling CEO John Didion told the Cambria Village Board on Monday night that the milling facility, which was severely damaged in the May 31 explosion, will be torn down starting next week. He says work at the company's nearby ethanol plant can resume not long after that's done.

Didion says he still doesn't know what caused the blast. Federal regulators are still investigating.

In the meantime, Didion says he's been reaching out to local employers to try to find work for his displaced workers while he pays their wages until he can call them back to work.

Last week the flag in front of the plant was raised to full staff after the last person injured in the blast was released from the hospital. The flag had been at half mast since the explosion.