A Fort Worth, Texas man got the surprise of his life on Friday when he discovered that his lake house suddenly vanished.
It turned out that the three-bedroom lakefront home, left to him by his grandmother, was mistakenly demolished by contractors who were supposed to tear down the condemned house next door, reports the Daily News.
“We came around Silver Creek looking for the lot and my wife said, ‘David, I think the house is gone,'” David Underwood told KDFW-TV. “We looked up there and sure enough, it’s gone!”
“Oops” was all a city marshal on patrol could say.
The Underwoods live nearby, but planned on fixing the house up and moving into it since their children were leaving home. Underwood said that the house was mostly empty, except for a few books and some antiques.
The city’s code compliance officer wrote about the mix up in a statement.
“On July 12, 2013, contractors demolished the wrong property on Watercress Drive,” the statement said. “The property to be demolished should have been 9708 Watercress Drive. The property that was demolished was a vacant structure located at 9716 Watercress Drive.”
City officials met to discuss what went wrong and reached out to Underwood to offer a compensation package. Luckily for them, Underwood, who works to build community centers in poor neighborhoods, is willing to forgive the mistake.
“I see so much around here, people that need help and have less that, it’s an accident, let’s do what’s right and move on,” he said.