Demolition Crew Tears Down Wrong House

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    Demolition Crew Tears Down Wrong House

    Thu Jul 10, 8:23 AM ET

    PHOENIX - Jenny Lopez's home is a pile of rubble after a demolition crew mistakenly tore down the wrong house.

    The house that was supposed to be demolished Wednesday was across the street from Lopez's, where she had lived for 30 years. Although the home was vacant, the family stored household items there and had hoped to sell it.

    House numbers in the southwest Phoenix neighborhood are not well-marked and all the mailboxes sit on one side of the street, making identification difficult.

    Foresight Investment Group of Phoenix hired contractors to tear down the house across the street from Lopez's. It was vacant, boarded up and fenced in.

    "We were either going to sell the property or build a new house," said Joe Uruquart, one of the company's owners.

    One of Lopez's old neighbors spotted the heavy construction equipment in her yard and alerted family members. But when they arrived, the house had already been torn down.

    Demolition man David Gomez declined to comment about the incident but told a television station that he would probably lose his job.
  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   iliel
    ah..yeah, I bet he'll lose his job. I feel so bad, I'm just glad no one was living there!
  4. by   debralynn
    Do you think someone can come to my house by mistake and clean it! I would'nt press charges!
  5. by   night owl
    :roll :roll :roll
    I've needed an earth mover a few times myself!
  6. by   colleen10
    A similar thing happened here in Pittsburgh last spring.

    They were to demolish a "row house" but they ended up seriously damaging the other "row house" right next to it.

    I know the family was unable to live there, I think they ended up demolishing it anyway because it could not easily be fixed.

    Of course, some say the real story is that the city wanted that section for other purposes and the family wouldn't sell their home, so maybe someone paid off the demolition crew to mess up the house so they could have it anyway.
  7. by   H ynnoD
    Looks like someone going to get a new House?Bet it would'nt be hard to win the case?