A demolition crew did their job earlier this month in Fort Worth, Texas, taking down a house in its entirety and leaving only a clean metal slab. Just one problem: they demolished the wrong house. David Underwood, the owner of the wrongly demolished house, spoke to a local Fox affiliate:
"We came around Silver Creek looking for the lot and my wife said, David… I think the house is gone.,..We looked up there and sure enough, it's gone!"
The house was not the Underwood’s primary residence, but they were planning on fixing it up and moving in to it eventually. The demolished home was valued at $82,000, according to the New York Daily News. It was mostly empty, but did contain books and antiques, which went down with the ship.
“As we left, I saw two city marshals on patrol and I said, ‘Hey, what happened? Somebody tore down our house’ and he goes ‘That was your house? Oops,’” Underwood recalled.
Yes, there’s not a whole lot to say other than “oops,” when you mistakenly demolish someone’s home.
The City of Fort Worth’s code compliance office released this statement owning up to the mistake:
"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.”
Not the most satisfying response, but we can hopefully assume that the Underwood’s will soon be furnished with the funds to buy a new, un-demolished home. To his credit, Underwood is very understanding about all of this:
"It's an accident. Let's just do what's right and move on."