Inside Detroit's 'ice house': toilet, furniture and more frozen


It was a warmer weekend in Detroit and, with the snow melting away for now, we got a chance to get inside the ice house in a historic Detroit neighborhood. 

The 100-year-old home was frozen over earlier this month. So much so that a gigantic icicle formation was visible on the outside of the home. The ice was formed by massive flooding that eventually flowed outside. Neighbors say when the weather turned cold in November whoever was staying here left and never told the water company. The water continued to run, and run. Then came the ice.

Up until Saturday, there was no access inside the home; the door was frozen in place. With warmer temperatures, the people living in the home were allowed inside and so were the FOX 2 cameras.

The home in the Boston Edison Historic District of Detroit was locked up by padlocks and ice until Saturday. That's when the man who lived there for the past five years, Rev. Elton Williamson, got inside to see what happened and was overwhelmed with the damage/

"At the power tools, all the clothes, fridge, stove, deep freezer everything is gone," Williamson said.

He waited almost a week to see it for himself. He claims the locks were put in place before the pipes burst inside by Winfire Property Management which bought the home at auction after he lost it to taxes. He says the locks were put there illegally and has hired a lawyer to protect himself.

Inside the home, however, ice covers everything: the walls, doors, cabinets, bathroom, toilet, ceiling fan, etc. All frozen. 

That leaves the Detroit pastor wondering what will happen next.

"I'm basically homeless except for my daughter.  I don't know what I'm going to do.  I don't have anywhere to go.  We have found shelter for homeless now I'm the one in need."

Winfire Property management has not returned FOX 2's calls for comment on the situation.

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