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Man Dies In Wisconsin Plant Fire

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 4:51am

COLUMBUS, Wis. (AP) — One person has died in an explosion and fire at a manufacturing plant in Columbus.

Fire officials say the maintenance employee was killed while using a hand-held grinder on some floor bolts at American Packaging Corp. Sunday about 6 p.m.

Fire Chief Randy Koehn (KEEN) says sparks ignited some vapors, causing the explosion and fire. Koehn says the explosion ripped apart the sprinkler system in the room. He says that caused water to spill from the pipes, containing fire damage to the room.

Koehn says another employee was taken to Columbus Hospital with minor injuries, treated and released.

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