Another art-festooned house burns near Heidelberg Project


Just days after the Heidelberg Project launched a new fundraiser, an art-festooned house was intentionally burned early this morning on Detroit’s east side.

The popular yellow house belongs to Tim Burke, a sculptor who works with salvaged materials.

Fire tore through the house on Heidelberg Street after investigators believe the home was doused with gas.

The nonprofit that runs the Heidelberg Project raised more than $50,000 last year for a security guard and surveillance cameras after intentionally set fires tore through five houses last year. The nonprofit dropped the security guard after about a month and now relies on cameras.

It wasn’t immediately clear this morning whether the cameras caught the arsonist in the act.
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The house, which was heavily damaged, is situated in the center of the project.

“As we’re still gathering information on the fire, we will be sure to post any updates whenever possible,” the Heidelberg Project posted on Facebook.

Burned last year were the “House of Soul,” “War House,” “Penny House,” “Obstruction of Justice House” and “Clock House.” In March, someone burned down the signature Party Animal House.

The ATF was investigating.

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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