Contractor Demolishes ... the Wrong House

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 18, 2013 2:08 PM CDT

(Newser) – A demolition company has mistakenly torn down a three-bedroom home in North Texas—rather than the condemned building next-door. David Underwood and his wife placed their Fort Worth house on the market with the intention of moving into the retreat they purchased near the shores of Lake Worth. But when they stopped by to mow the lawn Saturday, they found the home was gone. A slab of foundation remains.

Fort Worth hired the demolition company to raze the neighboring condemned building, and was billed more than $6,000 for the work; the condemned structure remains standing. The demolished lakeside home had been in Underwood's family for decades and Underwood bought it from an aunt earlier this year. He is seeking a settlement from the city. A city spokesman says officials are investigating.

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