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Ft. Worth suspends demolitions after homes wrongly knocked down

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The City of Fort Worth has suspended all demolitions after crews mistakenly knocked down two houses in the last two months.

FOX4 first reported on a knocked down house on Watercress Drive in July and reported on Tuesday about another mistaken demolition on Lagonda Street.

The city told FOX4 on Wednesday the small house in a backyard on Lagonda Street should not have been torn down – but it was.

City staffers apparently left the demolition after the main house was knocked down. That home was scheduled to be demolished. When staffers returned from checking on another assignment, they found the demolition crew had also knocked down the small house.

 "That really was human error. It was a miscommunication, it wasn't something ordered. It wasn't something done intentionally. It was just a mistake," said City of Fort Worth staffer Bill Begley.

The family said nearly everything left of their deceased grandmother and great grandmother was stored inside the small home.

"I just want them to apologize to our family for the mistake they've done and also apologize to the residents of Fort Worth, because it's their taxpayers' money to demolish homes that are not supposed to be," said Christina Lopez-Ochoa, who grew up at the house on Lagonda Street.

The same demolition company also knocked down the house on Watercress Drive.

Begley said in that case, city workers painted markings on the wrong house instead of the property that was supposed to be demolished.

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