6/1/17 – A fund has been established for the victims of the explosion at Didion Milling in Cambria. Village officials say the fund is through the National Exchange Bank of Cambria, PO Box 338 care of the Old Mill Foundation Didion Benefit Fund. Officials say the funds will go directly to assisting those affected. The explosion happened around 11pm Wednesday evening and was followed by a second explosion 20 minutes later. Village President Glen Williams says the facility on the 500 block of Williams Street was leveled. Columbia County Sheriff Dennis Richards says there were 17 employees working in the facility at the time, that is one more person than initially reported. At this time there has been one confirmed fatality; two people are believed to be missing. Twelve employees were taken to hospitals via ground and air transport. Richards says 23 fire departments assisted along with eight EMS responders, two helicopters each from Flight for Life and MedFlight, four police departments, county sheriff’s officials, state troopers, the Red Cross and Salvation Army, among others. Village officials in Cambria have opened a reception center at the First Presbyterian Church which is located at 121 West Florence Street. The Red Cross is providing Disaster Specialist staff on-site. No word yet on the cause. The Cambria Fire Department is still at the site.
Those who wish to offer assistance or supplies, contact the Cambria Village Office at 920-348-5443 or [email protected]
Donations can be directed to:
Old Mill Foundation Didion Benefit Fund
%National Exchange Bank
118 West Edgewater Street
P.O. Box 338
Cambria, Wisconsin 53923