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TX Contractor Demolishes Wrong Home

Friday, July 26, 2013

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A demolition contractor in Fort Worth, TX, mistakenly razed a three-bedroom home earlier this month.

Fortunately, the house was vacant.

On July 12, the company was reportedly hired by the city to take down a condemned structure, but the contractor tore down a 1,300-square-foot home nearby instead, leaving only a concrete slab.

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The City of Fort Worth says an employee error contributed to the contractor demolishing the wrong home.

The condemned home next door still stands, reports say.

City officials said that an "employee error" contributed to the incident and that it was "tightening administrative procedures" to ensure no repeats.

The city said it is also working with the property owner on a resolution. The name of the demolition company involved was not immediately available.

Plans for Property

The demolished home belonged to David Underwood; he has told reporters he was "shocked to say the least," when he discovered the home had been leveled.

After all, his family had intended to move into the home in the near future. Underwood had already put his current residence on the market the week prior.

The house, built in 1951, had been in his family for years and stood vacant.

Homeowner: ’It was an Accident’

Underwood seemed to be in surprisingly upbeat spirits in a recent interview with Fox News.

“I see people every day who have it worse than I do,” Underwood told the news station. “I have a home, a wife, two beautiful kids. Nobody was hurt. The dog’s good.  It was an accident.”

This case reminds us of an 18th-century French chateau mistakenly demolished last December; see: “Oops: Builder Levels Historic Chateau.”


Tagged categories: Accidents; Construction; Demolition; Government; Maintenance + Renovation

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