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Monday, February 24, 2020

Nearly 100-Year-Old Dallas Home Torn Down by Mistake

Wrong-House-demo-beforeJR’s Demolition, a demolition company in Dallas, Texas, realized they had made a terrible mistake earlier this month. The company demolished a pink home in Dallas that was almost 100 years old, but it was the wrong house. The correct house was approximately a block away.

The house had been owned by Mary Ann Degataire prior to her death a year before. The new owners live in Los Angeles and were notified of the demolition by neighbors. “We had plans, we had a future figuring out what to do with the house and it was going to be a fun project and suddenly that is just blown up,” Robb Hagestad, the current owner, said. 

"We made a mistake and thought we had the right property," the company said in a statement. "We spoke with the new owner of the property who acquired it in 2019 and will be working with him toward a resolution." A spokesperson for the city of Dallas stated that they are investigating the incident.

See Jack Highberger, Nearly 100-Year-Old Dallas Home Torn Down by Mistake, NBCDFW, February 21, 2020.


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