The rapper’s childhood home in Detroit, which appears on the cover of his new albumMarshall Mathers LP 2 as well as Marshall Mathers LP released in 2000, is damaged from a blaze that erupted at the abandoned house last night.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit Fire Department responded to the fire in the 19900 block of Dresden Street near East State Fair, just south of the notorious Eight Mile, at 6:20 p.m. Thursday, Senior Chief Jack Wiley said. A cause has not been determined.
When firefighters arrived at the scene, fire was seen coming out of a window on the second floor of the two-story bungalow. The blaze was contained and put out, but not before it destroyed the ceiling between the first and second floor.
According to public records, Em’s mother Deborah Mathers bought the house in 1987 for $19,900. The property changed hands about 10 times before the Wayne County Treasurer’s Office foreclosed for non-payment of taxes in 2001. After the house failed to sell for $500 at a Wayne County Treasurer’s Office auction, it was turned over to the Land Bank.
The website Zillow.com lists the worth of the 767-square-foot bungalow at $32,885.
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