NORTH HAVEN, Connecticut- Local station FOX 61 is reporting At least 9 people were injured when a barn exploded behind a house where police were negotiating with a man after a violent domestic incident. It all happened at 385 Quinnipiac Avenue.
Yale-New Haven Hospital says they had 9 patients from the incident, and they are all in fair condition and suffered cuts, abrasions and bruises. The officers were from East Haven, North Haven, and Branford.
A man, who has not been identified, had barricaded himself inside the home due to a domestic violence incident. Police have not identified remains found at the scene, however, the man was the only person believed to be inside the home at the time of the blast.
“This started late this afternoon with what was apparently a very violent domestic call,” North Haven First Selectman Michael Freda told FOX61. The police “were trying to coax him…out of the house and really try to calm the situation down. Then things took a turn for the worse with an explosion.”
“Our hearts go out to the brave first responders who put their lives on the line, and we wish those injured a safe and speedy recovery,” Governor Malloy said. “Yesterday’s tragedy serves as a stark reminder that domestic violence is a serious issue that must continue to be addressed and remain at the forefront of the national conversation. If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence, please know that you have a voice and there are resources available to help.”
The woman who sparked the investigation was not in the home at the time of the standoff. It was not considered a hostage situation, the FOX report explained.
Residents near the home said on the police department’s Facebook page that they heard the explosion and felt their own homes shake around 8:30 p.m. Additional police rushed to the scene as the fire raged, and sounds of smaller explosions also were heard.