Chaos in Philadelphia suburbs: 6 missing after house erupts in flames, 2 officers and girl reported shot

 At least six people are missing Thursday morning after a house in a Philadelphia suburb caught fire after two police officers were shot.

According to Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer, officers encountered "immediate gunfire" from a property in East Lansdowne after responding to a call Wednesday afternoon claiming an 11-year-old girl had been shot. Went. Now his condition is said to be stable.

"Our fear is that there may be several people inside that house who are dead," Stollsteimer said, noting that six to eight people, including children, are unaccounted for. "We hope that's not true."

As of Thursday morning, police were still waiting to get inside the smoldering home, Fox29 Philadelphia reports. Officials believe the fire in the house was set by someone inside.

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Initially intense flames were seen rising from the roof and upper floor of the three-storey house and then spread to the lower level, completely gutting the building.

The whereabouts of the man who shot at officers are unclear, but Stollsteimer said "there is no threat to the community from that home."

Authorities say the officers were targeted by a shooter who fired approximately 40 to 50 bullets, while Stollsteimer said it was unclear whether the 11-year-old girl was actually shot, according to Fox29 Philadelphia.

"We are still actively investigating the scene. We don't know who was in the house. We don't know who the shooter was. We don't know how many people were there. We don't know their conditions." We don't know if they're alive or not," Stollsteimer said.

The district attorney said officers contacted neighboring departments, and they responded and "pulled" both police officers from the home after the shooting, which occurred around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

One of these officers was from Lansdowne Police Department and the other officer was from East Lansdowne Police Department.

Officials said one officer was shot in the hand and another in the leg. Stollsteimer described both of them as male, experienced officers.

Upper Darby officers saved his life by pulling him out of danger, he said, and "we are hopeful that he will make a full recovery."

In a statement to Fox News Digital, the FBI confirmed that its Philadelphia office is "ready to assist" if needed.

A spokesperson said, "FBI Philadelphia is aware of the situation and stands ready to assist."

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