Firefighters reported taken hostage in Pennsylvania firehouse
Local media reported that the ordeal began unfolding at around 10:40 a.m. local time in the basement of the La Mott Fire Company in southeastern PA. The firehouse is in Cheltenham Township in Montgomery County, roughly 13 miles north of Philadelphia.
— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) March 31, 2015
According to a local Fox affiliate, an unnamed source said that three hostages were being held by an ex-firefighter as of 11:30 a.m. WPVI, an ABC News affiliate, said that local law enforcement officials confirmed that an armed subject was inside the fire station.
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A person was seen leaving the building at around 11:30, but it was not immediately clear how they were involved in the incident. A second person was detained around 15 minutes later outside the firehouse at gunpoint, and local media reported soon after that law enforcement had taken a suspect into custody.
The La Mott Fire Company is one of five stations in Cheltenham, and close to at least two schools, a major shopping mall and several churches and apartment complexes, according to ABC.
NBC10 reported just before 12 noon that police confirmed no injuries or fatalities at the scene.