A fire on May 8 that started in a garage may have been caused by the explosion of a propane tank just north of M-59 in Macomb Township, between Heydenreich and Card roads.

A fire on May 8 that started in a garage may have been caused by the explosion of a propane tank just north of M-59 in Macomb Township, between Heydenreich and Card roads.

Photo by Joshua Gordon


Explosion may have caused garage fire

By: Joshua Gordon | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published May 14, 2018

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township firefighters had to fight a house fire on the evening of May 8 that may have been caused by an exploding propane tank in the garage.

Macomb Township Deputy Fire Chief Adam Munro said the department got the call around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday about a fire at a home in a neighborhood just north of Hall Road, between Heydenreich and Card roads.

When firefighters arrived, Munro said the fire appeared to have started in the garage. No one was home at the time of the incident and no one was hurt.

An investigation is still ongoing, Munro said, so all the details are not available or cannot be shared at this time.

“When the crew showed up, there were heavy flames and smoke flowing,” Munro said. “There was a fire in the garage area, but we haven’t gone through everything yet. We cleared out of there within a couple hours without further incident.”

Munro said reports from witnesses say there was some type of explosion in the garage area when the fire started, but no walls were taken down and there was nothing that volatile about the fire immediately.

“I cannot even make an assumption at this time, we don’t know enough,” Munro said. “We are still interviewing the homeowner to find out what was in the garage.”

Munro said the fire was under control within 20 minutes and they cleared the area in about three hours. The fire investigation is being done in collaboration with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

A house next door did take on some thermal damage, Munro said, from the heat of the fire. Munro said the homeowner’s insurance company has been contacted and the American Red Cross has reached out to help the family.

The fire was the third large one in less than a week in Macomb County. A fire in Shelby Township on May 6 destroyed several apartments, while a May 2 fire in Warren also damaged numerous apartments.