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‘There’s nothing left’: Crew demolishes wrong home, blames Google Maps

The day after Christmas last year, tornadoes tore through Rowlett, Tex., a quiet suburb of Dallas. The aftermath was the image of destruction: splintered wood, metal and brick — once the foundation of homes — covered the streets. Nearly 450 buildings were damaged or destroyed; hundreds lost their homes; one person was killed.

At the time, Lindsay Diaz and Alan Cutter considered themselves lucky. The duplex they owned needed repairs, but it was structurally sound. In the meantime, Diaz and her family were living in a rented home.

This Tuesday, Diaz received a frantic call from Cutter’s wife, ABC affiliate WFAA reported. Their duplex was gone, she said.

Gone?

Disbelieving, Diaz hurried to her house.

“I pull up, and — sure enough — it’s gone,” she told WFAA. “There’s nothing left.”

Earlier that day, a demolition crew had arrived to tear the house down, KTVT reported. But it was all a mistake: their intended target was another duplex one block over, a house bearing the same number on a different street.

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Diaz and Cutter’s duplex occupied 7601 and 7603 Calypso Drive. The house that was supposed to be demolished was left standing, at 7601 Cousteau Drive.

Diaz said when she tried talking to the president of the demolition company, Billy L. Nabors Demolition, he was unsympathetic.

Diaz is currently waiting to hear back from Nabors’s insurance carrier about making a claim.

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