Neighbors reported hearing a loud explosion and then seeing black smoke pouring out of the house.
Dennis Rodriguez, a deputy in the Lenawee County sheriff’s reserves, lives on the opposite corner and was outdoors when the fire started. He said the house was in flames almost immediately.
Lt. Tim Bartenslager of the Adrian Fire Department said no injuries were reported and the house is likely a total loss. The fire appears to have started outside, he said, but the cause is undetermined. He said the Adrian Police Department is conducting an investigation.
Fire departments from Adrian, Cambridge, Madison and Raisin Townships and from the cities of Tecumseh and Morenci joined Adrian city firefighters on the scene. Bartenslager said Palmyra Township firefighters manned the Adrian station while the fire was being fought and responded to four or five medical emergencies in the city.
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