At least 6 missing after house fire where 2 police officers were shot

At least six people, including children, are missing after a house fire in southeastern Pennsylvania that left two police officers shot Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said at a news conference that officers responded to a call at 3:47 p.m. reporting that an 11-year-old girl had been shot at a home in East Lansdowne, Pa., west of Philadelphia.

Shortly after police arrived at the home, at 58 Lewis St., two officers were shot, Mr. Stollsteimer said. It was not clear who fired on the police, but the officers were expected to be “perfectly fine,” the district attorney said.

A short time later, the house caught fire, Stollsteimer said, adding that it was unclear what caused the fire. He said that the authorities fear that there are people in the house. Six to eight people are missing, Stollsteimer said.

“Our terrible fear is that they could be in that house when it was set on fire,” he said. “We hope that’s not true.”

Mr. Stollsteimer said police and firefighters would not be able to enter the house until the fire was completely out, and would likely have to wait until morning to find out if people were inside the house when the flames broke out.

“The fire is still burning,” he said Wednesday night. “It’s smoldering at the moment, but it’s still dangerous to go inside.” He added: “It’s just burned, sacred at this point.”

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