Saturday 20 January 2018

Workers 'blame Google Maps' after demolishing the wrong house

The house before it was pulled down Credit: Google
The house before it was pulled down Credit: Google

Mark Molloy


If you work in demolition, here’s why it’s always wise to double-check you have the correct address before sending in a wrecking ball.

When a demolition firm in the city of Rowlett, Texas, destroyed the wrong house they allegedly decided to blame Google Maps for the error.

Billy L. Nabors Demolition say it is investigating the situation after an employee reportedly sent the shocked homeowner a screenshot showing Google Maps pointing to the wrong property.

While the workers had the correct door number, it turns out they were unfortunately on the wrong street.

Homeowner Lindsay Diaz was unimpressed by the excuse, however, explaining that she had just applied for a builders permit to repair her home damaged by a Boxing Day tornado.

"I was driving home from work and I get a call from my neighbour," Ms Diaz told Kera News. "She’s very frantic, crying and I asked her ‘what’s going on?’ She said, ‘a company came and demolished the house by mistake.'”

“When a structural engineer came out to see my home, he wrote a report stating that the home was structurally sound.

“One of the walls needed to be replaced, some of the rafters on the roof needed to be replaced, but the home was structurally sound and did not need to come down.”

In an interview with WFAA she added: “I feel further away from moving into a home today than I did after the tornado hit.

“How do you make a mistake like this? I mean, this is just the worst.”

A spokesperson for Google confirmed to CNN Money it had looked into the issue.

“Google Maps did indeed show incorrect information for the houses in question. The issue was fixed as soon as it was brought to our attention,” they said.

Meanwhile, the amazing story of a lost boy who used Google Earth to track down his family after 25 years is to be made into a Hollywood film.

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