Home torn down in Texas by mistake
By From Wire Reports
Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013, 10:09 p.m.
FORT WORTH — 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. The lakeside land has been in the family for decades, and Underwood bought it from an aunt earlier this year.
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 condemned building and was billed more than $6,000 for the work.
The condemned structure remains standing.
Underwood is seeking a settlement from the city. A city spokesman says officials are investigating.
“It's obviously a series of mistakes, and we're working to be right by it,” said Councilman Dennis Shingleton, whose district includes the Lake Worth-area home.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Shale oil, gas drilling boom wins favor with labor unions, thwarting environmentalists
- Space station receives Easter cargo delivery
- Navy endorses 24-hour sleep cycle for sailors
- Postal Service overhaul expected to appeal to Dems
- Warnings on youths, codeine unheeded; lack of effectiveness, dangers had been raised
- Study of corn waste as fuel source finds gasoline less damaging to atmosphere
- Wyoming officials to drill at landslide’s crest
- Art from ‘Dick and Jane’ series set for auction
- Ruling on Cleveland police chase questioned
- Seafood study: Up to 32 percent imported to U.S. is caught illegally