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Fire Chief: Multiple deaths in Tomahawk mill explosion

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TOMAHAWK (AP/WAOW) -- Tomahawk Fire Chief John Peeters says a storage tank explosion at a mill near Tomahawk has resulted in three deaths.

Peters gave no details and has referred all questions to the Packaging Corp. of America, which owns the mill.

Company spokesman Ron Zimmerman says up to 10 people were working in the area Tuesday afternoon.  Around 1:30 p.m., employees were doing standard maintance work on top of a tank in the recycle fiber storage room when the explosion occured.  It's unknown what caused it. 

Three people were killed and another injured. 

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department is not releasing any information.

The tank that exploded was used to store a product used to make paper at the mill.

Packaging Corp. makes containerboard and corrugated packaging. Its headquarters are in Lake Forest, Illinois.

The company says the Tomahawk mill has three semi-chemical corrugating machines and produces more than 572 million tons annually.

Online Reporter: Kelsi Schindler

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