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One person hospitalized after explosion, fire at west Louisville business

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- One person is recovering after a small explosion and fire at a business in west Louisville.

It happened at 9:15 a.m. at Anderson Hardwood Pellets near the 1300 block of Beech Street. When firefighters arrived, flames were shooting from the top of a couple of silos, which are part of a hopper system.

Investigators believe a spark inside the system, which was loaded with sawdust, led to the explosion.

One person was taken to University Hospital with a concussion and is expected to be OK.

"When the blast happened, he was 100 feet away from the explosion itself," said LMPD Fire & Rescue Capt. Sal Melendez. "He was never in contact with any kind of flames; however, flames did shoot out from the silos."

Investigators say a safety feature inside the hopper is designed to direct the pressure of the blast.

The victim's identity was not immediately released.  

There was no estimate on the amount of damage caused by the explosion.

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