Heidelberg Project house on Detroit's east side catches fire

In statement, artist says he will carry on

By Halston Herrera - Digital news editor

DETROIT - A house in the Heidelberg Project on Detroit's east side caught fire early Friday morning.

The fire broke out at about 3:15 a.m. on Heidelberg Street, just west of Mt. Elliot Street, at the OJ House.

It was briefly put out, but rekindled just before 7 a.m.

Arson is suspected.

The Heidelberg Project was started in 1986 by Detroit artist Tyree Guyton.

Homes and other structures are decorated with paint, recycled materials and other artistic flair.

Guyton declined an on-camera interview with Local 4, but said the project will remain open for visitors and he will either rebuild or fix what he can of the damaged house.

READ: Full statement from Heidelberg Project

In 1991 and 1999, the city of Detroit ordered the demolition of some of the homes.

The OJ (Obstruction of Justice) House was the oldest house installation since the last demolition.

The project has become a tourist destination and offers community programs in art and education.

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