Pennsylvania home EXPLODES and after suspect threatened code enforcement officer with a gun

At least three Pennsylvania homes set alight after a man threatened a Lower Providence Township code enforcement officer with a gun and barricaded himself inside following a brief interaction with police.  

A ‘short amount of time later’ after leaving responding officers, ‘there were multiple loud explosions’, Lower Providence Township Chief of Police Mike Jackson said during a press conference. 

Then flames quickly swallowed the abutting townhouses in Montgomery County and caused buildings to collapse.  

Officers are still looking for the suspect, ‘who may or may or may not be inside the residence,’ Jackson said.   

News helicopters showed flames ripping through the buildings.  

After the homeowner, who allegedly threatened a code enforcement officer with a gun, went inside the home, there was a loud explosion and then fire, police said

After the homeowner, who allegedly threatened a code enforcement officer with a gun, went inside the home, there was a loud explosion and then fire, police said

After the homeowner, who allegedly threatened a code enforcement officer with a gun, went inside the home, there was a loud explosion and then fire, police said

The flames raged for about three hours

The flames raged for about three hours

The flames raged for about three hours

The fire started in one home and spread to the neighboring homes

The fire started in one home and spread to the neighboring homes

The fire started in one home and spread to the neighboring homes

The code enforcement officer was following up on an inspection in an Eagleville home – about 25 miles outside of Philadelphia – shortly before 1pm when the the homeowner took out a gun. 

The code enforcement officer ran and called police. Responding officers talked to the man outside, Jackson said, before he went back inside and the home exploded. 

Firefighters wrestled with the inferno for nearly three hours until they got it under control. 

Police in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Police in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Police in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Police in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Police were patrolling the area around the fire 

The fire swallowed up the homes and caused the buildings to collapse

The fire swallowed up the homes and caused the buildings to collapse

The fire swallowed up the homes and caused the buildings to collapse

The flames jumped from one home to the next and caused parts of one of the homes to collapse.  

Everyone was told to stay away from the scene, which was swarmed by SWAT teams and fire departments. 

One person suffered minor injuries and is being treated at a hospital, Jackson said. 

It’s still unknown at this point what caused the explosions. 

Jackson said there is no threat to the public, but a large police presence will remain in the area for the foreseeable future.

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