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Wisconsin crews recover third body from debris of corn mill blast

A  third body has been found in the rubble of Wednesday’s deadly blast at a corn mill plant in Wisconsin.

The explosion at the Didion Milling Plant in Cambria, a rural village about 45 miles northeast of Madison, killed three workers and injured nearly a dozen others. The explosion and fire also leveled parts of the facility.

Derrick Clark, the plant's executive, identified the three workers killed in the blast as Duelle Block, Robert Goodenow and Pawel Tordoff. Block’s body was found early Thursday while Goodenow’s remains were discovered late Thursday. Tordoff’s body was found on Friday. The Associated Press initially reported that the body was recovered but later reported that it was merely located.

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It is not clear what caused the explosion, but it is under investigation. A separate fire occurred at the facility on Monday and authorities are working to determine if it may be linked to Wednesday’s explosion, Cambria Fire Chief Cody Doucette said.

The mill, which processes corn for ethanol and other uses, was cited in Jan. 2011 for exposing its workers to dust explosion hazards, according to U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) records.

The federal agency reported that the plant’s filters lacked an explosion protection system and ordered the facility to fix it. Records showed Didion paid a fine and OSHA closed the case in Sept. 2013.

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“The safety and security of our employees is our top priority,” Clark said in a news release. “Over the past 44 years, the Didion team has grown to be a close-knit family, and we ask for your prayers during this difficult time.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.