Evidently, the reason that no one was inside house that burned last night is because no one has lived there for years. Apparently, it's been for sale for roughly two years, with a price tag of 2.5 million dollars. About a year ago, some guy bought it because he wanted the lot. He planned to tear it down and build a new house but the neighborhood lobbied against it because the house is apparently very historic. No one ever moved in, and it's completely uninhabited. Therefore, no electrical fire and no furnace explosion. It sounds pretty shady; especially since the fire apparently started in the basement. Riddle me that, will ya? My money's on arson.
I also hear that the state of the house isn't too good. The walls - although almost the entire house is made of brick (I assume they're talking about the inside walls, anyway) - are apparently buckling because of all the water that was blasted into the building. Most of the windows are broken too, and considering that it's been snowing and it isn't likely to stop I am pretty sure that house may be doomed - regardless of whether it's historic or not.