At least six police officers injured in explosion during hours-long standoff in Connecticut By JESSICA CHIA | NEW YORK

At least six police officers were injured in an explosion on Wednesday night while they were trying to negotiate with a man holding his wife hostage.

The officers were trying to coax the suspect out of his home in North Haven, Conn., during the hours-long standoff when a barn on the property exploded around 8:30 p.m. and sparked a massive fire.

The officers have been taken to the Yale New Haven hospital with cuts, abrasions and bruises, according to North Haven First Selectman Michael Freda.

Police responded to reports of a “very, very serious domestic” dispute on Wednesday afternoon, and spent hours trying to negotiate with the suspect, who barricaded himself inside the home, Freda said.

A SWAT team arrived at the scene, and several officers were searching the area around the barn when the explosion went off, according to Freda.

At least six officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Freda said, while the hospital issued a statement saying seven patients were being evaluated.

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Police continued urging the suspect to exit the house after the blast, as a series of smaller explosions followed.

The fire eventually spread from the barn to the house as firefighters continued battling the blaze early Thursday.

It remains unclear whether the suspect is alive or in custody. The wife, who escaped before the blast, is now safe, Freda sai. MiamiTight 4 more

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