Aretha Franklin Property Burns Down

By | October 27, 2002 at 12:00 AM

An $800,000 Michigan house owned by Aretha Franklin burned down.

Nobody was in the 5,000-square-foot residence at the time of the Friday morning blaze. The house was mainly used to store boxes and furniture.

Fire Chief Leo Chartier said flames were shooting through the roof when firefighters arrived just before 6 a.m. Friday.

The house, which firefighters said was completely razed, had an estimated value of $812,900, according to township records.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

An acquaintance of Franklin said the singer hadn’t lived in the house in two years.

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