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Four Feared Dead after Wood Flour Mill Explosions

One person died and three others are feared dead after explosions at Wood Flour Mills near Cheshire, England Friday, July 17.

William Barks, 51, Dorothy Bailey, 62, Jason Shingler, 38, and Derek Moore, 62 are believed to have been inside the mill when the explosion ripped through the building just after 9am in the village of Bosley. The body, which was found on Sunday, had not been identified, as specialist rescue teams continue searching the site.

The four-story building was completely destroyed by the blasts. Witnesses said fire engulfed the site and shot high into the sky.

Thirty-five people were injured, with four taken to hospitals with serious injuries.

Part of the Boden Group, the plant is said to have been producing wood flour – used as a low-density filler in a range of industrial processes – since 1930.

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