A fire erupted in Arlington, Virginia on Monday evening after a flare gun was fired during a police search of a home. Multiple police and fire units rushed to the scene on the 800 block of N Burlington just after 8 p.m. The Arlington County Police Department spokesperson, Ashley Save, reported that officers were executing a search warrant when the suspect discharged multiple rounds inside the house, causing a massive explosion.
The extent of injuries sustained by those inside the home and in the surrounding area is currently unknown. As a precautionary measure, community members have been advised to shelter in place. Officers at the scene have reported minor injuries, but no one has been transported to the hospital.
Firefighters were able to contain the flames around 10:30 p.m., according to local reports. The explosion and subsequent fire have left the home severely damaged.
The Arlington County Police Department is conducting a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the explosion. They are working to determine the motive behind the suspect discharging the flare gun inside the residence. Further updates will be provided as the story unfolds.