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Large Paper Mill fire in central Minnesota

SARTELL, Minn. (AP) -- One person was killed and four were injured in an explosion that caused a large fire at a paper mill in Sartell.

The St. Cloud Times reports Monday, that a full shift was working at the Verso Paper Corp. mill just before lunchtime when an air compressor exploded. The name of the victim was not immediately released, nor the condition of those injured.

Seven fire departments helped battle the blaze. It was about 90 percent contained by late afternoon according to the Sartell city manager. It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion.

Officials warned residents downwind to stay indoors and close windows because of heavy black smoke. Sartell is just north of St. Cloud on the Mississippi River.

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