At least 100 emergency officials, including at least 30 New Haven SWAT and Bomb Squad officers, were on the scene after the explosion.
Freda said in a press conference that a woman was being barricaded in the home for three days.
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A fiery explosion rocked a CT town while police were negotiating with a man who had taken his wife hostage, leaving up to eight officers injured, officials said.
An explosion reportedly ripped through a home in CT on Wednesday night as police and a SWAT team were responding to reports that a man was barricaded inside with his family.
Video shows police rushing to the scene and a raging fire.
Captain Joe Race of the Madison Police Department, who is on scene along with officers from numerous surrounding towns, confirmed that officers are being treated at Yale New Haven Hospital for non life-threatening injuries.
One witness reported hearing gunshots from the home.
"I felt my house shake". "The fire department is putting out the flames from up above on the ladder trucks".
The standoff began around 3 p.m.at 385 Quinnipiac Avenue, Ms. Buemi said, and as the SWAT team was approaching the back of the property around 8:30, "there was a massive explosion" in a barn or garage. They say driver cans expect to not be able to go through all day.
Police are asking residents to avoid the area.
There is no word on what caused the explosion.
Police said the incident was not yet "stable".
No further details were immediately available.