Multiple homes damaged after standoff, explosions in Lower Providence Township

Authorities say a standoff with an armed suspect resulted in a series of explosions and a fire that damaged three residential buildings in Lower Providence Township Thursday. 

The incident began around noon when police say a code enforcement officer responded to a residence on the 400 block of Cardin Place for a follow-up inspection. When the enforcement officer made contact with the male resident, police say the man displayed a firearm and the officer left and contacted police. 

Officers responded to the scene and engaged the man in front of his home, where he retreated back inside. 

A short time later, authorities say they heard a series of loud explosions, and the home caught fire. Officers established a perimeter and evacuated residents in the surrounding properties. 

Fire crews and additional police resources were called to the scene. 

Police say one person sustained minor injuries and at least three buildings were damaged in fires.

Lower Providence Police Chief Mike Jackson says officers are still working to locate the suspect, 'who may or may or may not be inside the residence.'

Chief Jackson says the area is safe and the shelter in place order has been lifted as a large police presence remains in the area. 

"I want to ensure the community it’s safe. It’s safe for them to return to their homes and we are gonna maintain a large presence," he said.

Carlene Kramer lives feet away and said she had to take cover in the basement with her 5-year-old daughter and son until police showed up at their door to evacuate them

"We ran and then they ran behind us. Craziness, I don’t even know because I was panicking," she said.

The Red Cross is on scene and they are assisting displaced residents.

Police are expected to provide another update Friday morning.



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