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Fire Burns Eminem's Boyhood Home

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Eminem's childhood home — immortalized on the cover of his latest album, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" — was seriously damaged by fire Thursday.

The small brick bungalow, located on Dresden Street, just south of 8 Mile Road in East Detroit, was boarded up and apparently uninhabited. Portions of the top floor were ruined in the blaze. The Detroit Fire Department, which responded around 6:20 p.m., has not yet identified the reason behind the blaze.

According to local news reports, the bungalow sits on a untended, weed-covered lot, and is surrounded by similar homes that are mostly vacant. The neighborhood, once thriving, is now described as "rough" by officials.

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In addition to his latest album, released Nov. 5, Eminem chose to feature the house on his 2000 release, "The Marshall Mathers LP," which sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and is widely regarded by critics as one of the best hip-hop albums in history.

The home, which was purchased by Eminem's mother, Debbie Nelson, in 1987, has gone through many owners and at least two foreclosures over the years. Nelson originally purchased it for $19,900, striking a deal with the former owners to put $3,000 down and $220 a month.

The current value of the home is around $33K, according to real estate site Zillow, no one has wanted to claim the property for a while. A previous owner tried to auction it for $500,000 on eBay but no one anted up for it. The Wayne County Treasurer's Office later tried to sell the bungalow for just $500 and again there were no takers. After the county sale fizzled, the house was most recently put up for auction in September by the Michigan Land Bank, a government-run program which handles vacant properties in the area.

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