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4th victim passes away after explosion at Didion Milling

(NBC15)
Published: Jun. 6, 2017 at 2:37 PM CDT
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CAMBRIA, Wis. (WITI)---A fourth victim has died after an explosion at Didion Milling in Cambria Wednesday, May 31st.

Didion Milling officials said this on Tuesday, June 6th:

“We report with heavy hearts that early this morning, Mr. Angel Reyes, 46, passed away at UW Hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the incident last week. Angel was a pack operator at Didion and will be greatly missed. Our condolences go out to the Reyes family. We ask for continued prayers as we go through this difficult time.”

Didion Milling officials on Monday, updated village leaders after the explosion at the plant that killed four workers and injured several others.

Several agencies continue to sift through the debris, searching for clues. The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.

“You’re going to see a lot of demolition, a lot of debris. As we rebuild this thing, we have a lot things to sift through to get to the bottom of this,” Kurt Baird with Didion Milling said.

“The last couple days have been pretty tough and there are gonna be tough days ahead,” Riley Didion with Didion Milling said.

On Sunday, the body of the third victim killed in the explosion was recovered.

Below is a statement from Didion Milling, shared Sunday:

“With the assistance of the local fire department and Columbia County sheriff, the body of Pawel Tordoff was recovered Sunday afternoon. Recovery was delayed until safety engineers determined it was safe to send rescue personnel into the site to make the recovery. Please pray for the Tordoff family and our team as we grieve the loss of Pawel together.”

21-year-old Pawel Tordoff, a pack operator, 27-year-old Duelle Block, a mill operator, and 52-year-old Robert Goodenow, a forklift operator were killed in the blast. Eleven others were hurt.

"That's beyond devastating to lose somebody in the first place," Tiffany Mlodzik said. "I mean, everybody wants to be able to bury their family members. For him to be in that destruction, we really felt for the family. We still do. It's an awful situation."

Mlodzik was one of dozens from Cambria who gathered Sunday afternoon at the First Presbyterian Church to mourn the loss of these three men. Cameras weren't allowed inside, but those who attended the special ceremony said the service was the first step towards processing this tragedy.

"Even if you don't say anything, it's powerful and it's meaningful to be able to do that," Rob Ford, pastor said.

"It's been very difficult because people are just shattered at first," Lois Frank, Village of Cambria treasurer said. "They know they want to help, but they're not sure where they can help, and so they're just looking for direction at this point, and because our community is more of a family. It always warms my heart to see it happen. They come together. They support each other, and the surrounding communities as well. It's not just within our village."

Copyright 2017: WITI

Anyone interested in making a donation to help the victims and their families, please send your checks to:

Old Mill Foundation Didion Benefit Fund

%National Exchange Bank

118 West Edgewater Street

P.O. Box 338

Cambria, Wisconsin 53923

These funds will go directly to assisting those affected.

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