Sault Mich. home destroyed – Updated with story (7 photos)

SAULT STE. MARIE MICH – Paula Wilson Maleport and neighbors along East 5 Mile Road heard a loud explosion around 4:15 am Thursday morning.

When they checked to see where the sound came from, nothing appeared out of the ordinary.

“My husband said it sounded like artillery,” said Wilson Maleport. “There was no rumble. It woke me up. I couldn’t see anything because of the trees.”

Down a long driveway surrounded by thick leaves and grass, a house was engulfed in flames.

Soo Township Fire Department Fire Chief Jeff Killips believed the emergency call to have been made by an off-duty law enforcement officer sometime after 5 am Soo Township Fire Department received the call around 5:21 am

They arrived just before 5:30 am

The department was assisted by Dafter Fire Department and Sugar Island Fire Volunteer Fire Department.

Killips said no one was in the house when the apparent explosion occurred.

“Gas tanks that feed the house and are usually away from it just for that reason,” said Killips. “I’m assuming it was leaking in the house, but I don’t know that for sure. We did have to shut down the tank off when we got there.”

Killips confirmed that no one was inside the house during the fire.

“I spoke with the homeowner’s son,” said Wilson Maleport. “He said his mom was in Marquette.”

There is nothing but rubble left in the lot now surrounded by yellow caution tape.

The incident is under on-going investigation.

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