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Several Philadelphia-area homes were severely damaged after an explosion inside of a residence, police say

June 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Several Philadelphia-area homes were severely damaged in a fire ignited by an explosion inside a residence on Thursday, officials said.

(CNN)Several Philadelphia-area homes were severely damaged in a fire ignited by an explosion inside a residence on Thursday, officials said.

Shortly before 1:00 p. m. , a code enforcement officer responded to a residence for a follow-up inspection, Lower Providence Township Police Chief Mike Jackson said.

When the code enforcement officer engaged with the homeowner, that person displayed a firearm, Jackson said.

"The code enforcement officer thankfully was able to get out of there," Jackson said.

The officer safely left the residence and contacted police, who confronted the homeowner before he went back inside, Jackson said.

The building caught fire and police immediately began evacuating other nearby residents, Jackson said.

"Though we cannot confirm the suspect's whereabouts at this time due to the severely damaged home, we do not believe there is reason for neighbors to be concerned," police said.

Imane Lotfi and Elsayed Elsayed said their children, ages 6, 9 and 14, were in remote learning when police evacuated the family.

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