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Propane tank explodes inside Amherst County shopping center

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AMHERST, VA (WWBT) -

Officials are investigating what caused a one thousand gallon propane tank to explode Monday night, sparking a huge fire in an Amherst County shopping center.

Emergency calls started coming in late Monday night after several people said they heard a loud boom at the Ambriar Shopping Center.

There are reports that the explosion blew holes into the back of the UVA Dialysis Center and damaged several other businesses within that shopping center.

The blast also knocked out power to nearby Sweet Briar College.

One firefighter was hurt, but not seriously.

The shopping center is not far from Amherst High School. However, school officials say the school will open Tuesday morning.

The staff of UVA Dialysis Center will be calling its patients today to reschedule appointments.

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