PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The body of the homeowner involved in an armed standoff and subsequent multi-home fire has been found and identified, according to the Lower Providence Township Police Department.
The body of Thomas Razzi, 65, was discovered just before midnight on Thursday in what was left of his burned-out house on Cardin Place in Eagleville.
About 12 hours earlier, police say Razzi chased a township code enforcement officer with a gun. The officer visited Razzi’s home for a follow-up inspection for a hoarding situation.
When police arrived and confronted Razzi, who was then unarmed, they say he went back into his house, and a series of loud explosions and gunfire followed. Police believe Razzi intentionally fired shots and started the massive fire, which destroyed three townhomes and damaged three others.
The body of 66-year-old Thomas Razzi was pulled from the ashes of his Eagleville home. Razzi is the man police say pulled a gun on a Lower Providence township employee, then locked himself in his home. After a series of explosions, that home burst into flames. @KYWNewsradio pic.twitter.com/W3zB8YQux8
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Police noted they never exchanged gunfire with Razzi.
Authorities also said the homeowner made his own fireworks, and he had several guns and rounds of ammunition in his home at the time of the explosion.
The code enforcement officer sustained minor injuries.
The official cause of Razzi’s death is still pending.
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