Editors note: Initial reports were that this incident happened at the Eagle Stream Apartments, further investigation found the home explosion and fire were at the Eagle Stream Townhouses.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. — Officials say it is safe for residents to return to the Eagle Stream community in Lower Providence following a shelter-in-place that was issued due to a home explosion and fire at the Eagle Stream Townhouses. A Lower Providence code enforcement officer went to a home at the Eagle Stream Townhouses in Eagleville for an inspection just before 1 p.m. Thursday.
The officer engaged with the homeowner who displayed a firearm. The code enforcement officer was able to get out of the area and contacted the police.
Officers engaged with the man outside the home on Cardin Place, but he went back inside the home. Officers then heard loud explosions and the residence caught on fire.
A perimeter was established and they began evacuating residents from surrounding homes. A shelter-in-place was issued for the Eagle Stream community, which includes apartments and townhomes.
The fire company and multiple police forces responded to the incident.
At this time, there is one person being treated after suffering minor injuries.
Three homes were damaged in the fire all will be knocked down. Eyewitness News is told the excavators are on the scene.
After that, officials will sift through what’s left and try to determine if the man responsible is on the loose or was inside the home during the fire.
BREAKING: #Chopper3 is over Eagleville, Montgomery County, where multiple homes along Cardin Place are on fire following reports of an explosion. Unknown information on possible injuries. @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/50r7XaEHFt
— Joe Holden (@JoeHoldenCBS3) June 10, 2021
Police are still trying to locate the individual responsible. The suspect may or may not be inside the building still, but it is still an active fire scene.
It is safe for residents to return to their homes.
It is still an active scene and police will provide more information as it is available.
Stay with CBSPhilly.com for updates to this developing story.