Photo: Joey Kotfica/Getty Images
Photo: Joey Kotfica/Getty Images

Investigators: Stolen furnace causes house explosion

The house was vacant, and the owners were cleaning up the property for the next renters, WXYZ reported. The owners changed the locks Wednesday, and the furnace was stolen sometime between Wednesday and early Friday morning.

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The furnace was ripped out of the wall, fire officials said, causing gas to fill the house. It is believed the water heater triggered the explosion.

Neighbors were awakened by the force of the blast. A neighboring property received extensive damage from the blast, WXYZ reported.

No one was injured in the explosion, fire officials said.

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