Man barricades self, sets fire in West Philadelphia


The call came in just before 10:30 a.m. for the incident in the 300 block of South 62nd Street.

Investigators say a husband and wife were having an argument when, at one point, the husband armed himself with a knife.

Police say the man then sprayed lighter fluid in the house and started a fire.

Officers arrived and the man refused to come out.

Eventually, the SWAT team entered the house and got the man out.

The wife, and a child who was also in the home, were not harmed.

The front porch, living room, upstairs bedroom and basement were damaged by the fire.

There was no immediate word on charges as this investigation continues.

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