Tentative deal reached in wrong house demolition

Caution tape
Caution tape

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The city of Fort Worth has reached a tentative $102,500 settlement with a property owner whose three-bedroom house was mistakenly torn down last year.

City spokesman Bill Begley told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that subject to City Council approval, the city has agreed to pay $62,500, the contractor agreed to $15,000, and the contractor’s insurer agreed to pay $25,000.

The potential settlement will go before the council in about two weeks.

The home near the shore of Lake Worth was torn down on July 12 after a city crew marked the wrong house for demolition. It should have marked the house next door.

The day before, the same city-hired contractor incorrectly tore down two homes on a lot instead of, per its work order, only the fire-damaged one.

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