Massive blaze prompts evacuations in Auburn Hills, Michigan

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Massive blaze prompts evacuations in Auburn Hills, Michigan

According to a statement from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, "the explosion and blast area encompasses roughly 30-40 yards around the crater".

Authorities in suburban Detroit called for evacuations following a massive gas line fire Monday night, but are not sure what caused the blaze.

Homes north of Brown Road, south of Judah Road, east of Baldwin Road and west of Joslyn Road were all evacuated around 11:30 p.m.

Witnesses say they could feel the heat from miles away. The fire eventually burned itself out after the gas flow was cut off. All roadways in the area were reopened by 4:00AM Tuesday morning.

Local news outlets have reported that the fire erupted from a leaking Consumers Energy gas main. All 911 and non-emergency 10 digit telephone services at the Oakland County Sheriff's Office were also restored in the middle of the night. The fire resulted from a gas line eruption.

The cause for the line rupture remains under investigation.

An eyewitness named Jimmy told Fox 2 that he heard what sounded like an explosion before the fire.

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