- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) - A 69-year-old woman was found dead Friday following an early-morning house fire and explosion in suburban Detroit that happened shortly after she told police her son might blow up the home, authorities said.

Police and fire crews in Royal Oak responded around 1 a.m., finding heavy smoke coming from the two-story bungalow. The fire was quickly put out, but the body of Maxine Hadley was found inside, The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press reported.

“The caller stated her son was trying to blow up the home,” said police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue. “Officers arrived and found the home on fire and the homeowner’s 50-year-old son outside with the garden hose attempting to put out the fire.”

The 50-year-old son was taken into custody and was being treated for burns at an area hospital, police said. No charges have been filed, and autopsy results were pending, authorities said.

“There was a workroom in the basement and a small propane tank exploded,” O’Donohue said. “There were other chemicals in the room.”

Firefighters arrived to see smoke and flames coming out of the house, Royal Oak assistant fire chief Jim Cook said. The cause of the fire wasn’t immediately released, with Cook saying the investigation was ongoing.

Several hours later, police kept watch over the house, and its doors and windows were covered by boards.


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