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Highland Park house collapses, falls on top of neighbor’s cars

Highland Park house collapses, falls on top of neighbor's cars

Arika Smith has lived in her house in Highland Park for 15 years and she watches the house next door collapse before her very eyes. Earlier this week, any support collapsed and landed on two cars.

Smith said the house has fallen to pieces and she has watched it lean towards her gate and driveway. Then, earlier this week, it landed on both her car and her daughter’s car.

“The other day he fell, he crushed my car, he crushed my daughter’s car. It’s the only transportation I have to get back and forth from the doctor,” Smith said. “Every little bump here (and) I run to the window to see if this has fallen yet.”

Her cars were trapped under it earlier this week and she had to call a company to get the vehicles out and get the rocks off her driveway. But they still fall!

She pushes rocks aside every morning, and for the past two weeks, Smith has called every day to have the house on Puritan near Woodward demolished.

“I’m very frustrated that this is a whole day to say I’m constantly at home on the phone trying to get numbers and everyone says it’s out of their hands, when is someone going to take responsibility,” Smith said.

We called the Wayne County Treasurer’s Office after seeing an execution warrant on the rubble. The treasurer says they have just seized the house – along with thousands of others.

After our calls, someone from the office went out and surveyed the property. Seeing the damage, they said they are speeding up the process and working with the Wayne County Land Bank to get it demolished as soon as possible.

“Can you please just come and clean it up? I’ll help! I’ll help! But please, someone who does something,” Smith said.