Homeowner to burn house teetering on Texas cliff

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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.

Homeowner to burn house teetering on Texas cliff
A gated community White Bluff home is burned to save Lake Whitney from falling debris Friday, June 13, 2014 in Lake Whitney, Texas. (Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
A gated community White Bluff home is burned to save Lake Whitney from falling debris Friday, June 13, 2014 in Lake Whitney, Texas. (Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Debris falls as a gated community White Bluff home is burned to save Lake Whitney from falling debris Friday, June 13, 2014, in Lake Whitney, Texas. The White Bluff home is built on a fault line and is gradually collapsing with the cliff side into the lake. (Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Debris falls as a gated community White Bluff home is burned to save Lake Whitney from falling debris Friday, June 13, 2014, in Lake Whitney, Texas. The White Bluff home is built on a fault line and is gradually collapsing with the cliff side into the lake. (Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Boaters watch as a $700,000 vacation home perched on a crumbling cliff overlooking Lake Whitney is engulfed by fire as demolition crews deliberately burned the structure to the ground rather than wait for it to crumble into the water as the land faltered around it, Friday, June 13, 2014, near Whitney, Texas. The house was condemned earlier after a fracture appeared in the bluff on which it was built. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)
A $700,000 vacation home perched on a crumbling cliff overlooking Lake Whitney is engulfed by fire as demolition crews deliberately burned the structure to the ground rather than wait for it to crumble into the water as the land faltered around it, Friday, June 13, 2014, near Whitney, Texas. The house was condemned earlier after a fracture appeared in the bluff on which it was built. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)
A $700,000 vacation home perched on a crumbling cliff overlooking Lake Whitney is engulfed by fire as demolition crews deliberately burned the structure to the ground rather than wait for it to crumble into the water as the land faltered around it, Friday, June 13, 2014, near Whitney, Texas. The house was condemned earlier after a fracture appeared in the bluff on which it was built. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)
Boaters examine a $700,000 vacation home perched on a crumbling cliff overlooking Lake Whitney that was later burned to the ground deliberately Friday, June 13, 2014, near Whitney, Texas. The house was condemned earlier after a fracture appeared in the bluff on which it was built. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte) (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)
In this image taken from video provided June 12, 2014, by WFAA.Com, a luxury house teeters on a cliff about 75 feet above Lake Whitney in Whitney, Texas. The owner of a vacant luxury house teetering on a crumbling 75-foot cliff over a Central Texas lake has decided to burn the house and clear the lot of the debris. (AP Photo/WFAA.Com) TELEVISION OUT
In this image taken from video provided June 12, 2014, by WFAA.Com, a luxury house teeters on a cliff about 75 feet above Lake Whitney in Whitney, Texas. The owner of a vacant luxury house teetering on a crumbling 75-foot cliff over a Central Texas lake has decided to burn the house and clear the lot of the debris. (AP Photo/WFAA.Com)
In this image taken from Tuesday, June 10, 2014 video provided by WFAA-TV, a luxury house teeters on a cliff about 75 feet above Lake Whitney in Whitney, Texas. WFAA-TV reported Wednesday, June 11, 2014 that the house has been condemned and the owners evacuated about two weeks ago. (AP Photo/WFAA.com)
In this image taken from Tuesday, June 10, 2014 video provided by WFAA-TV, a luxury house teeters on a cliff about 75 feet above Lake Whitney in Whitney, Texas. WFAA-TV reported Wednesday, June 11, 2014 that the house has been condemned and the owners evacuated about two weeks ago. (AP Photo/WFAA.com)
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