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Explosion at Pet Food Ingredients Plant Injures Worker

July 5, 2017

Officials are investigating a boiler explosion at a pet food ingredients plant in Paducah, KY on June 30 that injured one employee and scatted debris onto a nearby street.

Local firefighters received a call of an explosion at the Dar Pro Ingredients facility at about 10:16 a.m. and transported one employee with minor injuries to an area hospital, the city of Paducah said in a press release published in the wake of the incident. A plant manager and 17 workers were on site at the time of the incident.

Paducah officials said that the explosion at the plant is under investigation by the Paducah Fire Department, a boiler inspector with the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings & Construction, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and the Kentucky State Fire Marshal’s Office.

A local energy firm cut off the plant’s gas connection as a safety precaution, the city said, and others are working to restore refrigeration and sprinkler systems in some sections of the plant.

Irving, TX-based Darling Ingredients, the owner of the Dar Pro plant, released a statement on June 30 confirming that the explosion was “isolated to the boiler area of its property” in Paducah and that the firm was also investigating the blast’s cause.

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