Numerous homes in Montgomery County caught fire on Thursday afternoon in an explosive fire that occurred after police responded to a homeowner, threatening a law enforcement officer with a gun.
Lower Providence Police Chief Mike Jackson said just before 1 p.m., a Lower Providence code enforcement officer arrived at a home near Cardin Place in Eagleville for further inspection. The owner of the house pulled out a gun, but the officer managed to escape and called the police, Jackson said.
Police responded to the home and got engaged to the man in front of the house, but he returned inside and a little later there were “numerous powerful explosions”
Police evacuated nearby residents as the flames spread to two other properties, emitting smoke that could be seen for miles.
Jackson said at least one person was slightly injured.
A fire broke out in a home in Eagleville, Montgomery County, and spread to nearby homes on Thursday afternoon.
Police officers – including SWAT – and firefighters could be seen responding to the incident. Firefighters poured water on the flames, causing thick white smoke.
The Methacton School District has put Eagleville Elementary School and the Skyview / Arcola campus on blockade “due to police and emergency personnel,” the area said on its website.
Shortly after 3 p.m., Jackson said firefighters were still trying to put out the blaze completely.
He added that police were still trying to find the man with the gun and that he may or may not be inside the home. As it was still an active scene of a fire, police did not know for sure if he was inside, Jackson said.
However, he said it was safe for community members to return to their homes.
This story is evolving and will be updated.