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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

New into the newsroom, KWWL has the video of the explosion at a Cedar Fall's apartment complex that killed one man.
The blast was heard blocks away and continues to shock the neighborhood. 
 

It was an average Saturday afternoon until apartment four explodes.
 Sending the exterior wall flying into the parked cars. 

The resident of the apartment next door staggers out. 

Then, one man, Matt Ferleman crawls out of the rubble and walks away.
Something witnesses can't believe happened.
Matt later died from his injuries.

"He was walking and it's like oh my gosh! You looked at him and were in disbelief he was able to walk. He was talking. He told my husband that he had put a pizza in, he fell asleep and when he woke up he lit a cigarette and boom." said Phyllis Paulson, Co-Owner of the Shady Rest Apartments.

The apartment has been boarded up and repairs have begun, but the owners say what happened is still haunting them.

"It was like talking to the dead; the living dead," recalled Paulson.
 Matt's main concern immediately following the blast, find his dog.
"The last thing he said to me was please watch my dog; make sure my dog is okay."

   Matt's dog, Nola, was found later Saturday afternoon and is currently being treated at the Cedar Bend Humane Society.

    She should make a full recovery and will be released to family this week.

  As for the residents from the seven surrounding apartments, the owner tells me they will be able to move back into their homes very soon.

  The State Fire Marshal is still investigating the cause of the explosion.
 

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