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Victims of 2009 blast at Wisconsin Electric Power Company receive settlement

The AP (2/4, Ramde) reports, A lawyer representing eight people hurt in a 2009 explosion at a Milwaukee-area power plant says his clients have reached a $16 million settlement. An attorney for the victims announced the agreement Thursday, the two-year anniversary of the explosion. Defendants included Wisconsin Electric Power Co. and contractor US Fire Protection Inc. The explosion occurred at a coal-fired power plant in suburban Milwaukee. A silo exploded into flames, sending four people to hospitals with second- and third-degree burns and blasting others against a wall. The attorney says the defendants were negligent because coal dust in the silo wasn't removed as required before workers entered to do construction.