"War House" burns at the Heidelberg Project early Thanksgiving morning

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A blazing fire engulfed another home in Detroit's Heidelberg Project early Thanksgiving morning.

Fire officials tell 7 Action News this fire completely destroyed the "War House," a home that stood right next to "The Penny House," which was burned to the ground just last week.

The Heidelberg's "House of Soul" was targeted Nov 12 and too burned to the ground.

This all happened early Thanksgiving morning on Detroit's east side on Elba street, one block north of Heidelberg & Mount Elliott.

In a statement on their Facebook page Thanksgiving morning, the Heidelberg Project said:

This morning we are again thankful for the DFD, and thankful that the reach of this morning's blaze wasn't any greater.

A 6 a.m. fire was set at the War House, which survived the House of Soul fire, burning it to the ground. This fire was MUCH too close to our neighbors. We're stepping up patrols tonight, statement coming soon.

The group started a crowdfunding campaign last week with the goal of raising $50,000 in 30 days to put a security system in place to prevent further arson fires. They have nearly reached half their goal in just one week.

Artist Tyree Guyton created the Heidelberg Project in 1986 as a way to use art to brighten the neighborhood but also to call attention to the extreme blight that had developed in the community.

Today the Heidelberg is one of Detroit's top tourist attractions. According to the HP, not a single serious crime was reported within a two block radius of the public art installation for over 26 years.

Stay with 7 Action News for the latest details on this breaking news story.

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