Detroit Family Now Homeless After Car Fleeing Police Slams Into House, Bursts Into Flames

WWJ News
October 09, 2019 - 9:06 am
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DETROIT (WWJ) - A Detroit family is left wondering where they will go after their house was destroyed by a car that crashed though the home during a police chase. 

Cheryl Chambliss has owned the home on Chalmers and Kercheval for 14 years. She was inside with a friend Tuesday afternoon when a car that was being chased by Detroit Police came crashing through the side of her home. The vehicle then burst into flames, which ignited the home. 

"I just let a friend of mine in and we made it upstairs. We sat down for two minutes and the next thing we know, we heard a crash," she said. "We heard the loud noise, I looked out the window down here towards the corner and it's a big crash. Next thing I know I was like, 'Oh wow, another accident.'"

"I was totally like, 'No they didn't hit my house,' because I knew it was going to happen eventually," Chambliss added. "There be too much car accidents up and down Chalmers every day."

The house, which suffered structural damage and is being propped up on one side to keep it from collapsing, has been condemned by the city, leaving Chambliss and her family with nowhere to live. She has set up a GoFundMe account for assistance.  

While neither Chambliss nor her friend were injured, two teenagers were killed and three others are hospitalized in critical condition. 

Police haven't said why officers initially stopped the vehicle, but all five teens involved are suspected of gang activity.