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Blaze Reported at Didion Milling Ethanol Plant

September 9, 2019

Firefighters were called to the Didion Milling ethanol plant in Cambria, WI on Monday for a fire, local officials told NBC News affiliate WMTV. Crews from fire departments in Cambria, Freisland, and Randolph responded to the facility. 

No information on damages or injuries was available, according to the news broadcaster’s report. The cause of the incident is unknown. 

The facility made headlines when five were killed and 14 were hurt in a combustible dust explosion at the facility in 2017. 

$1,837,861 in fines were proposed against Didion Milling by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in November 2017, Powder & Bulk Solids reported. Investigators determined that the explosion likely resulted from Didion’s failures to correct the leakage and accumulation of highly combustible grain dust throughout the facility and to properly maintain equipment to control ignition sources. 

Didion MIlling filed an appeal against OSHA’s penalty in late 2017, saying in a statement that the company did “not agree” with the agency’s findings. 

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