ATF turns up heat on arsonist targeting Heidelberg Project

HeidelbergThe feds are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for burning down house installations at the world-renowned Heidelberg Project on Detroit’s east side.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives became involved because of the frequency of fires at the sprawling public art project.
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Seven fires were intentionally set since May 2, according to the ATF. Four of those fires came in the past two months, destroying four house installations.

“Arsons can have a devastating effect on the community, our chief concern is for families in the surrounding homes and for the lives of the firefighters who respond to these fires,” Daryl McCrary, acting ATF special agent in charge, said.

The fires have destroyed the “House of Soul,” “War House,” Penny House and Obstruction of Justice House in the past two months.

In the wake of the fires, supporters are holding a fundraiser to help rebuild.

Anyone with information is asked to call the ATF Hotline at (888) ATF-Fire or the Detroit Fire Arson Unit at (313) 596-2940.

Check out a photo gallery of the remaining house installations in or near the Heidelberg Project.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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