Wrong House Demolished In Fort Worth, Texas: Why Did City Contractors Mistakenly Tear Down David Underwood’s Home? [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on July 18, 2013 5:06 PM EDT

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The wrong house was demolished in Fort Worth, Texas, after city contractors mistook David Underwood’s home for a condemned one next door. (Photo: Flickr/Dave L)

The wrong house was demolished in Fort Worth, Texas, leaving the homeowner to speculate how city officials could make such a flagrant error. A demolition crew, hired by the city to tear down a condemned home, knocked down David Underwood's property instead of the one down the street, leaving nothing but a concrete slab in its place. The wrong house, demolished by city contractors, belonged to Underwood's grandmother, and still contained some personal items, including an antique mirror.

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Footage of the wrong house demolished in Fort Worth show a birdbath on the front lawn, but no house behind it. The three-bedroom, one-bathroom ranch-style home was completely dismantled.

In a statement released by the city, officials said: "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 Dr. City staff currently is investigating to determine what happened."

If that's the city's official apology, it's pretty lame, if you ask us.

The property owner, David Underwood, works for a company that builds community centers for underserved neighborhoods. The house belonged to his late grandmother. Although no one lived there, it wasn't complete empty. There was a desk and a chair and some antiques, including a mirror.

Still, the homeowner maintained a positive attitude about the ordeal.

"I see so much around here that people that need help and have less," Underwood told Fox 4. "It's an accident. Let's do what's right and move on."

According to Desert News, Underwood and his wife will be compensated by the city's risk management office in order to rebuild the demolished property.

So how did Fort Worth, Texas city contractors make such a huge error in judgment?

"Typical city," one man, a neighbor, told local news station CBSDFW. Other than that, the wrong house demolished debacle seems a simple case of miscalculation on the part of the city.

Fox 4 reports in this clip uploaded to YouTube:

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