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1 sent to hospital; 30 evacuated after chemical leak at J-town business

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One person was sent to the hospital as dozens were evacuated from a Jeffersontown business after a gas leak Friday. One person was sent to the hospital as dozens were evacuated from a Jeffersontown business after a gas leak Friday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- One person was sent to the hospital as dozens were evacuated from a Jeffersontown business after a gas leak Friday, but the business has been given the all-clear and officials say the company will be back to work Monday.

Thirty people inside the business were evacuated around 11:30 a.m. after hydrogen fluoride started leaking from a disconnected tube inside Peptides International, Inc. Friday morning.

According to a spokesperson for the company, one employee was taken to the hospital but was not admitted and was sent home.

“I think it's remarkable everyone got out of there safely without any other type of exposure because HF is a very dangerous chemical," Jeffersontown Fire Chief Sean Dreisbach said. He says it can even be deadly.

Crews from Jeffersontown Police and Fire, the Jefferson County Hazmat team, Louisville Metro Health and MSD secured the building when they got on scene, then shut off the leak.

A spokesperson with Peptides International, Inc. says this is the first time the company has had a gas leak.

“We evacuated the building,” Bob Brusseau said. “Everything went according to plan with the training we've done many, many times before and this is the first time this has happened."

Officials issued a shelter in place for anyone within a mile radius of the company. That left a lot of people stranded in their cars trying to get back to work.

"They just told us to sit here and be safe as far away as we could,” William Shipley, who works nearby at Alliant Integrators, said.

A cloud could be seen coming from the roof when first responders got on scene. Officials were able to give the all clear within a few hours.

“We used the J-town quadrant on those outdoor warning sirens and that J-town quadrant also includes portions of the east end as well as a bit of downtown as well," Louisville EMA director Jody Duncan said.

“We knew how dangerous HF was so when that came across the radio it obviously triggered something because HF is one of the most dangerous chemicals that we probably deal with," chief Dreisbach said.

Peptides international will remain closed until a cleanup company comes in and clears the building, but companies nearby have reopened.

More: Shelter-in-place lifted after chemical leak at J-town business

Note: According to a spokesperson from the company, the person taken to the hospital was not admitted and was, in fact, sent home. This story has been updated to reflect that. 

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