Shortly earlier than 1:00 p.m., a code enforcement officer responded to a residence for a follow-up inspection, Lower Providence Township Police Chief Mike Jackson mentioned. When the code enforcement officer engaged with the house owner, that particular person displayed a firearm, Jackson mentioned.
“The code enforcement officer thankfully was able to get out of there,” Jackson mentioned. The officer safely left the residence and contacted police, who confronted the house owner earlier than he went again inside, Jackson mentioned.
Shortly after, loud explosions might be heard from inside the residence. The constructing caught hearth and police instantly started evacuating different close by residents, Jackson mentioned.
One particular person was handled at a native hospital for a minor harm, police mentioned.
“Though we cannot confirm the suspect’s whereabouts at this time due to the severely damaged home, we do not believe there is reason for neighbors to be concerned,” police mentioned.
It’s unclear what precipitated the explosion. Jackson didn’t present the explanation for the inspection or say whether or not there were any violations. CNN has reached out to police for extra particulars.
Imane Lotfi and Elsayed Elsayed mentioned their youngsters, ages 6, 9 and 14, were in distant studying when police evacuated the household.
“He saved my kids — the cops — he went to help,” Lotfi instructed the affiliate.
Elsayed added: “He put his life at risk. He made everybody safe in the neighborhood.”
The Red Cross was on the scene aiding the displaced residents. The shelter in place order was lifted, and a few homes stay evacuated in the course of the ongoing investigation, based on the Lower Providence Fire Department.
Lower Providence Township is about 25 miles northwest of Philadelphia.