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Homeowner to burn house teetering on Texas cliff

Texas House Perched On Cliff Will Be Set On Fire


WHITNEY, Texas (AP) -- The owner of a vacant luxury house teetering atop a crumbling 75-foot cliff over a Central Texas lake has decided to burn the home.

The 4,000-square-foot house to be demolished Friday overlooks Lake Whitney, about 60 miles south of Fort Worth.

The house has been condemned and the owners evacuated the property about two weeks ago. Chunks of the cliff - and the $700,000 home - have been tumbling into the water.

Tom Hemrick, Hill County's emergency management coordinator, says the owner decided to burn the house to its slab foundation after consulting with demolition experts and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Hemrick says the owner will have the charred debris moved to stable land and crews will remove the slab.

The residence was built in 2007.

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Bill June 13 2014 at 11:11 AM

right away instead of feeling sorry for a family of American - the lefties gotta bash the rich and bring up the marxist agenda - this country is screwed up when success is looked at as a crime . . you communiists are ridiculous

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cyberseanx June 13 2014 at 11:03 AM

When will people get it? building a house over looking a cliff should only be done if it is a solid rock face and then still slightly inland. Its always big expensive houses too! further showing the rich are not always the smartest when dealing with unconscious knowledge!

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JamminJohnny13 June 13 2014 at 11:05 AM

why did they build it that close to the edge in the first place ?

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Carole June 13 2014 at 11:11 AM

Can't imagine anyone foolish enough to build a huge home on the edge of a cliff. Nature will ALWAYS win out and cliffs crumble all the time. What a waste of money.

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Postalpal June 13 2014 at 10:58 AM

what a shame. looks like the owners had a great view.

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michaelbythesea June 13 2014 at 11:12 AM

I guess it's cheaper to burn it .... less to haul away. Who cares if all the toxic waste from the burning of the shingles etc ... goes into the air. Who cares????

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ricksvintage June 13 2014 at 11:57 AM

Did anyone pay attention to the large crack in the soil next to the house and going across to the neighbors house? Looks like that whole end of the cliff will go soon.

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Roger June 13 2014 at 11:02 AM

HMMMMM, in Alaska the ice cliffs falling away into the ocean have been deemed to be related to global warming. What is making the cliff in Texas fall away? Neither of the stories I have read said anything about the cause, is this too because of global warming, the ground is getting to hot and melting?

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stacy June 13 2014 at 11:08 AM

Did they check with Environmental Protection Agency, the Fire Marshall, as I think they would be burning toxic materials. And lord knows our Earth needs no added toxins to it.

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Business Now June 13 2014 at 11:11 AM

I hope their insurance covers it all-unless they are millionaires and can afford the costs.

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