GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) -- Authorities say a house has exploded in Kentucky, killing one person.

Georgetown Fire Chief John Ward told news outlets that the explosion was reported early Wednesday morning and firefighters arrived to find the home leveled and blazing. He said firefighters quickly extinguished the flames, and then found a body while searching in the remains of the home.

Nathan Beasley lives near the house and told WKYT-TV that a loud boom woke him and he looked out the window to find the house engulfed in flames. He said by the time he got outside, the home was gone.

Ward said local fire officials and Kentucky State Police are investigating.

Firefighters told WKYT that the homeowner is a woman who lives alone. They're not sure if she was home at the time. Her dog, they said, managed to escape safely.

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