Eminem’s Childhood Home Demolished [Video]
Two weeks after a raging fire ravaged Eminem’s childhood home on 19946 Dresden St., in Detroit, the property has been demolished. The home is famous for being on the cover of Em’s classic album, 2000’s ‘The Marshall Mathers LP,’ and his latest platinum effort, ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2.’
MLive posted a video of a demolition crew tearing down the charred house Wednesday morning (Nov. 20). The fire damaged the top floor of the house on Nov. 7 and has been deemed inhabitable.
Michigan Land Bank, which owns the property, said the home was “structurally unsafe” and therefore had to be razed.
“The condition of the property post-fire presents a safety hazard that the Land Bank is responsible for removing,” Michigan Land Bank director Kim Homan said in a statement. “The goal is to demolish and clean up the site, so neighborhood safety and order can be restored.”
Eminem’s home was up for auction prior to the fire. According to Land Bank, they did receive a bid from Shelly Hazlett, a fan of the rapper who wanted to turn the house into a museum.
Ms. Hazlett told MLive that she received a phone call from the bank on Tuesday (Nov. 19), telling her that Slim Shady’s home would be destroyed.
“My heart just literally dropped when I heard the news,” she said. “The woman told me there’s absolutely nothing I can do.”
A clean-up crew is expected to finish removing the remaining debris by the end of the month.
According to Eminem’s publicist, Dennis Dennehy, the rapper will likely have no comment about the demolition or the historical significance of the home.