Update on Arlington County home explosion

Arlington County Police report responding to calls of shots fired in the 800 block of North Burlington Street at approximately 4:45 P.M. December 4.

Preliminary investigations indicated that a suspect discharged a flare gun 30 to possibly 40 times from inside the residence into the neighborhood.

Officers attempted to execute a search warrant and contact the suspect who did not respond and remained barricaded in the home.

The suspect eventually fired several rounds of a firearm not a flare gun from inside the home.

Shortly after the shots were fired at approximately 8:25 p.m. an explosion occurred from inside the residence.

The explosion ripped the roof off the home and totally demolished the structure throwing debris into the neighborhood.

Arlington County Fire Department took the fire under control by approximately 10:30 p.m.

Three police officers sustained minor injuries in the incident and did not require transportation to the hospital with no other injuries reported.

Authorities did find human remains in the rubble which have been taken to the medical examiner’s office for identification.

It is believed to be the remains of the resident 56-year-old James Yoo.

Yoo is believed to be the suspect who set off the explosion.

The suspect was described by neighbors as a recluse who never had much contact with others in the neighborhood.

The explosion is believed to have been set off by Yoo igniting gas inside the home.

Natural gas had been shut off by authorities when the barricade situation began.

Several agencies continue the investigation into the incident.

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