Demolition crews destroyed the wrong house in Fort Worth, Texas. The city subcontracted a demolition crew to take down a house in the 9700 block of Watercress Drive. The crews apparently demolished the house next door to what was the original targeted property to be taken down.
The property set for demolition was at 9708 Watercress but crews accidentally torn down the next door house at 9716 Watercress.
A three bedroom, ranch-style family home valued at $82,000, near Lake Worth reservoir was accidentally demolished instead. The home was vacant and belonged to a relative of David Underwood, who told MyFoxDFW he was recently driving by the lot when his wife noticed that home wasn’t there.
“I just seen an excavator tearing that house down and I was wondering why,” he said. “It was a pretty good house, it wasn’t all that bad. When this one next door has been needing tearing down for years.” Neuman says he thought perhaps someone was tearing it down to build a fancy new home, but that wasn’t the case. The city calls it a mistake.
A neighbor reportedly tried to alert city officials when crews began tearing down the wrong house.
The city of Fort Worth on Monday confirmed the accidental demolition in a statement to the station.
“On July 12, 2013, contractors demolished the wrong property on Watercress Drive. The property to be demolished should have been 9708 Watercress Dr. The property that was demolished was a vacant structure located at 9716 Watercress Drive,” read the statement from the city’s code compliance office.
Facebook users were questioning why the crew didn’t step back and ponder why this good-looking house and not the one next door.
James Wales questioned, “What are deconstruction crews thinking when they make mistakes like this? Doesn’t anyone ever think “Hey, this is a perfectly good house, why are we tearing it down?”
BigCarlos related how he would have lost his job if he did this, “My boss would fire me~! Someone was just trying to get through the day and not paying attention. I hate people who half-@$$ a job. Pay attention and read your d@mn paper work! You screwed up!”
Meanwhile, other’s were wondering who was going to be paying for this screw up.
Corey Keller says, “So, the blame goes on who? Contractors mistake, they pay for it, Fort Worth’s, someone better be losing a job over this. They need to make the home owner whole on this error, but if it comes out of my pocket, then the person that made the mistake better be getting a pink slip! If it comes out of the contractors pocket, let them deal with it.”
Wrong house demolished by mistake
A demolition crew in Fort Worth, Texas, leveled the wrong house.