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Cause of explosion at Paducah factory released

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PADUCAH -- Officials have released an update on the cause of an explosion last week in Paducah. 

The Dar Pro ingredients factory on North 10th Street makes wet dog food with water heated by a boiler. Investigators now believe a malfunction in that boiler caused the blast. 

One man who lives nearby was nearly hit by a pipe after it flew from the factory into his backyard.

Joe Jones, also known as "Cookin' Joe," gave thanks to the man upstairs for saving his live.

"It's the only reason I'm alive man. God saw fit not to take me today," explained Jones.

Paducah Police, the Paducah Fire Department, the Kentucky State Fire Marshal and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives agents say a boiler malfunction caused the explosion that Jones says nearly killed him and only left one other person with minor injuries.

"It's amazing when you see the explosion and the vast damage and only one person injured. It could have been a lot worse," explained Paducah City Spokeswoman Pam Spencer.

Jones says it may take a long time for him to get over what happened, if he ever does.

"My body is kind of nervous and I feel shaky, but I'm so happy," added Jones.

Happy he and everyone involved lived to see another day.

Local and federal authorities have turned the investigation back over to Dar Pro Ingredients, who will look at its maintenance records to determine exactly what caused the blast.

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