SOURCES: Police question person of interest Heidelberg Project "Penny House" arson fire

Second Heidelberg house burns in weeks

DETROIT (WXYZ) - UPDATE: Police sources say they are questioning a person of interest in the suspected arson fire but do not have anyone in custody at this time.

PREVIOUS STORY:  Fire has destroyed another home part of the well-known Heidelberg Project in Detroit.

We're told the "Penny House" went up in flames early Thursday morning on the city's east side.

The Heidelberg Project's Twitter page says that a patrol saw the fire overnight and called it in.

Police say arson is the suspected reason for the fire.

This is the second fire in the last two weeks, and one of many in the last few months at the Detroit landmark.

The "House of Soul" was the target of an arson attack on November 12th.

A crowd funding campaign has been set up to help the Heidelberg Project establish a security system. You can donate here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/art-from-the-ashes-securing-a-legacy

The latest fire comes on the same day as the Heidelberg Project's 4th Annual Fall fundraiser.

Below is an excerpt from the statement Executive Director Jenenne Whitfield is preparing to make at the fundraiser.

The Heidelberg Project is internationally reviewed as a fertile ground for creating art from existing fragments; the evidence of waste, consumption and greed.   For nearly three decades Tyree has led the cause to reach across economic and geographical boundaries to bridge cultural differences through artistic expression. He is raising awareness for the power of "art as medicine" in a community that has been devastated.  Ill-health, under-employment, dismal environments, apathy and crime are the fallout of a post industrial era.  People are hurting leaving them in a state of hopelessness, despair and destruction of which Standard medicine cannot cure.

The HP is a sacred battle ground that has withstood damage by bulldozers and now WILLFUL destruction by fire.  However we must preserve and protect the ongoing creative and spiritual contribution of The Heidelberg Project.  If we can't get justice from our city, we must stand for justice.  We must stand in defiance of evil! 

As we try and wrap our head around this we remember that it has been said everything happens for a reason.  Maybe the old is making room for the new. However we are certain that the Heidelberg Project will propel to a new and even greater Heidelberg Project and a new promise for the future of Detroit.

 

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