Police: 9 officers injured in Connecticut barn blast


NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP/WAVY/WTNH) — Police in Connecticut say up to nine officers were injured when a barn exploded behind a house where police were negotiating with a man who had taken his wife hostage.

North Haven Deputy Police Chief Jonathan Mulhern said in a news conference Thursday the injured officers in the blast remained hospitalized. 

A town official says officers responded to the home earlier in the day and were trying to coax the man out when the explosion happened. The man’s wife had escaped before the blast.

Police said Thursday the remains of one person were found in the home after the fire had been largley extinguished. The remains have not been identified, and it’s unknown if it is the suspect.

Video shows officers rushing to the scene and a raging fire. Sounds of smaller explosions also were heard hours later.

WAVY sister station WTNH reports at least 100 first responders were on the scene following the explosion. More than 30 New Haven SWAT and Bomb Squad officers were assisting in the standoff.

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