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November 21, 2013 11:56 AM EST | AP

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DETROIT (AP) — A fire early Thursday destroyed another house that makes up the Heidelberg Project outdoor art installation in Detroit.

Arson investigators were at the scene of "Penny House" on the city's east side. Fire Capt. Charles Simms told The Detroit News they plan to contact a person of interest Thursday. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was being asked for assistance, he said.

"We're paying this some special attention," Simms said.

Fire crews were dispatched about 3 a.m., and the building was engulfed in flames at the time. No injuries or other damage was reported.

Earlier this month, the "House of Soul" at the Heidelberg Project was destroyed by fire and project officials announced plans for security cameras and other measures. Last month, a fire burned the project's "Obstruction of Justice House" a second time this year.

Tyree Guyton is the creator of the Heidelberg Project. The artist transformed his decaying, crime-ridden neighborhood into an interactive sculpture park.

"It's disheartening obviously, but it doesn't seem final or tragic because it's part of it all," Heidelberg spokeswoman Katie Hearn told the Detroit Free Press. "Tyree is always talking about how you can't fully enjoy the positive if you don't have the negative."

Hearn said a Heidelberg security patrol was in the neighborhood and noticed smoke.

"My guess is maybe they were at the other end of the block," Hearn said. "They said it was very quick. They didn't actually see anyone."

The fire came on the same day as a planned fundraising event for the Heidelberg Project. Called "It's All About The D: Encore," the party is its 4th annual fall fundraiser. Money raised at "Encore" will support the development and programs of the Heidelberg Project.

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http://www.heidelberg.org