1 dead in vacant Muskegon Heights home explosion

Muskegon County

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WOOD) — Fire officials say they are investigating after a vacant house collapsed then exploded and a body was found in the debris.

It was reported shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday at a house in the 2000 block of Superior Street near Getty Street in Muskegon Heights.

Muskegon Heights Fire Chief Christopher Dean said the house, which is considered a total loss, should have been vacant for nearly three weeks.

Firefighters initially didn’t believe anyone was injured but sifted through the debris for remains in case there were any squatters inside the house at the time. During the investigation, one person was found dead.

Authorities investigating a house explosion in Muskegon Heights Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

The race or sex of the person could not be immediately be determined, police say.

The remains have been transferred to Western Michigan University Forensic Pathology by the Muskegon County Medical Examiner’s Office. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

A photo of a fire at a house in the 2000 block of Superior Street near Getty Street in Muskegon Heights on March 17, 2020. (Courtesy of the Muskegon Heights Fire Department)
A photo of a fire at a house in the 2000 block of Superior Street near Getty Street in Muskegon Heights on March 17, 2020. (Courtesy of the Muskegon Heights Fire Department)

Neighbors reported that no one had been living in the house for several weeks, police say.

Anyone with information regarding this fire is encouraged to call Silent Observer at 231.722.CRIME.

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