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Franklin Told To Clean Up Fire Mess

After a six-month investigation into the cause of a fire at her Oakland County, Mich., mansion, Aretha Franklin now has 10 days to clean up the mess.

After a six-month investigation into the cause of a fire at her Oakland County, Mich., mansion, Aretha Franklin now has 10 days to clean up the mess. "The investigation is complete, and now it is time to clean up the property," Kaye Chartier, Bloomfield Township's code and ordinance director, told The Oakland Press today (May 2).

Investigators earlier this year ruled the Oct. 25 fire at the Bloomfield Township mansion was arson. No charges have been filed. Franklin, who was in Texas at the time of the fire, now has 10 days to clean up the site and 30 days to inform the township of her plans to either renovate or demolish the house, Chartier said.

"If she doesn't cooperate, the township can take legal action," said Chartier, adding that she expects the singer to fully cooperate. Franklin's attorney, Saul Green, had no comment.

After months of declining to speak to investigators, the 61-year-old Franklin met with Oakland County prosecutors in February after an investigative subpoena was issued. Oakland County Prosecutor David Gorcyca said he would meet with Bloomfield Township police to discuss possible charges in the case.

As previously reported, Franklin is in the midst of her final large-scale concert tour, which begins June 5 in Vienna, Va.


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