One Killed following Explosion at Paper Mill Near St. Cloud

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Kimm Anderson/St. Cloud Times

One Killed following Explosion at Paper Mill Near St. Cloud

May 28, 2012 Updated May 28, 2012 at 7:32 PM CDT

Sartell, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Authorities have confirmed an explosion at the Verso paper mill in Sartell, MN near St. Cloud.

Authorities received a call around 11:30am of a report of heavy black smoke seen pouring out of the paper mill and that flames were visible on the roof.

According to an official from Verso Paper, a full shift was working today when an air compressor exploded. The explosion killed one person.

Jim McDermott, Benton County's emergency manager, called the incident "a major explosion." St. Cloud Police say that the building is engulfed in flames following what they believe was an explosion in the boiler room.

Officials from Verso Paper say that the fire is in an area of wood products and are not worried about chemicals.

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