The Milford Fire Department and others responded to an explosion and fire at an unoccupied home on Duck Lake Road near its intersection with Sleeth Road on Wednesday, May 30.
Milford Fire Chief Larry Waligora said that the department was alerted about the explosion at 12:36 p.m. Within three minutes, the entire house was engulfed in flames and the roof started caving in, he said.
No injuries were reported at the scene.
Sergeant Matt Brumm of the Milford Police Department said that evidence was discovered that a shed on the property was broken into and that items were missing from the shed.
“We don’t know if anyone made entry into the house. It will be difficult to gather evidence,” Brumm said on May 30.
He added that the single-story ranch house has been unoccupied for two years and that the homeowner is residing in a senior living complex.
Brumm also said that there were no prior reports of any incidents at the residence, adding that the homeowner’s family recently did a walk through of the residence and reported no problems.
Waligora said that the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department is conducting an investigation in the explosion and blaze, while Brumm said that arson investigators are looking into the matter.