Officials for the city of Forth Worth have a lot of ‘slpaining to do to David Underwood. Underwood and his wife drove up to Forth Worth to check up on a small ranch-style home he inherited from his grandmother.
The home may not have been much to look at per se as it had a street value of only $82,000. However, Underwood had every intention of restoring it and occupying it. The problem was the lot the home supposedly rested on consisted only of the foundation. Thinking he must have taken a wrong turn or made some mistake he continued his search finally concluding that something had happened to the home.
“We came around Silver Creek looking for the lot and my wife said, ‘David, I think the house is gone,'” Underwood told KDFW. “We looked up there and sure enough, it’s gone!”
Apparently, the city of Forth Worth demolished it this past Monday, days before he arrived to inspect the home with his wife. Furthermore, the city admits they accidentally demolished the wrong home.
“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,” the city’s code compliance office said in a prepared statement.
It was the next door home that was supposed to have been razed.
Adding insult to injury, a neighbor warned wrecking crews they had the wrong home, but they ignored the neighbor’s petition. Underwood has no hard feelings, but expects the city to do right by him. It’s actually a blessing in disguise as the Underwood’s will eventually have a brand new home.
“I can literally remember sitting on the counter when I was a little kid, and my grandmother would cook breakfast, lunch, dinner, whatever,” Underwood told the Star-Telegram newspaper.
Fort Worth hired the demolition company to raze the condemned building, and was billed more than $6,000 for the work.
This isn’t the first house to get demolished by accident.
Andre Hall got the shock of a lifetime when he came home to Pittsburgh after the Christmas holidays in 2011 and found that the city had demolished his house by accident.
“I leave for the holidays, come back, and I see a backhoe sitting on my house,” Hall said.
City officials confirmed that Hall’s house should not have been torn down. The contractor at fault has not returned requests for comment.
Wrong Home Demolished In Fort Worth, Texas
Wrong Home Demolished