David Underwood, of Fort Worth, Tex. had been having a difficult time locating his new property over the weekend. He had the right address, only there was no house standing where it should be. It was as if the house had vanished and, in many ways, it had.
According to the Huffington Post Fort Worth city confirmed to both Mr Underwood and the press that their demolition crew had accidentally destroyed the empty house, when they were supposed to be demolishing the one next door.
“We came around Silver Creek looking for the lot and my wife said, ‘David, I think the house is gone,'” Underwood told local radio station KDFW. “We looked up there and sure enough, it’s gone!”
Ooopsie! From what one can see of the photographs all that is left are the concrete foundations.
The ‘three-bedroom, ranch style home’ that had once proudly stood overlooking a lake had belonged to Underwood’s grandmother and had been in the family for a few generations. While it was almost completely empty at the time of its demolishing it had never been condemned – quite unlike the house next door.
According to the Huff the Underwood family home had been valued at around $87,000 and Mr Underwood had been planning on moving his young family in and renovating it.
He might have to start from the ground up now.
The City of Texas Fort Worth’s city code compliance offered the Underwood’s a sincerely underwhelming apology to local reporters:
“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.”
Don’t worry Mr city code compliance guy, we forgive you…
No doubt the Underwood’s are working up towards a law suit of some kind, meanwhile we’ll just sit here and laugh.