Police suspect that this bridge to Madonna's past didn't burn all by itself.

Authorities are investigating the possiblity of arson in a Friday-night blaze that heavily damaged a Detroit-area home where the pop icon spent some of her formative years.

According to fire officials, the two-story brick house sustained major fire and smoke damage throughout. The current owners were not at home, and no injuries were reported. A passerby who spotted flames inside called the fire department at about 8 p.m.

"We brought it under control in about 10 minutes," Rochester Hills Fire Chief Ron Crowell told the Detroit Free Press. "There was significant loss."

Meanwhile, the Oakland County Sheriff's Department said that the fire, which appears to have started in the living room, is being considered suspicious and police and fire officials are investigating.

Madonna was born in Bay City and grew up in Pontiac and Rochester Hills before heading off to the University of Michigan to study dance and then to New York to take on the world.

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