Several homes in Montgomery County went up in flames Thursday afternoon in an explosive fire that happened after police responded to a homeowner who threatened a code enforcement officer with a gun.
Lower Providence Police Chief Mike Jackson said shortly before noon. 13 an enforcement officer in Lower Providence arrived at a home along Cardin Place in Eagleville for a follow-up inspection. The homeowner took out a gun, but the officer was able to escape and call police, Jackson said.
Police responded to the home and made contact with the man in front of the house, but he went inside again and shortly thereafter there were “several powerful explosions”
Police evacuated surrounding residents as the flames spread to two other properties and emitted smoke that could be seen far away.
Jackson said at least one person sustained minor injuries.
A fire broke out in a home in Eagleville, Montgomery County, and spread to surrounding homes 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 put the Eagleville Elementary School and campus in Skyview / Arcola on lockdown “due to police and rescue personnel,” the district said on its website.
Shortly after kl. 15 Jackson said firefighters were still trying to put out the fire completely.
He added that police are still trying to find the man with the gun and that he may or may not be inside the home. Because it was still an active fire scene, however, officers did not know for sure if he was inside, Jackson said.
However, he said it was safe for members of the community to return to their homes.
This story is under development and will be updated.