Rowlett Tornado Victims Sue Over Demolished Home

Lawsuit claims company wrecked the wrong home

A demolition company that admits wrecking the wrong house after the December tornado in Rowlett is now the target of a lawsuit over the mistake.

Nabors Demolition Company wrecked a house a block away from the one it was permitted to demolish in March.

A company statement posted on Facebook in March accepted responsibility.

"We understand the significance of our mistake and we have taken the necessary steps to address the loss to the homeowners," the statement said. "We are proud of our strong Christian values and our unwavering integrity."

The house could have been repaired and that’s what insurance had agreed to cover according to Matthew McCarley, attorney for owner Lindsay Diaz.

McCarley said Nabors Demolition even ruined the slab, leaving the owner responsible for the extra cost of total reconstruction. He said insurance representatives for Nabors Construction have refused a full settlement.

“If you’re in a business of demolition, especially of homes, you need to have more due diligence. I think it was gross negligence. I think they should have taken additional steps to make sure they were tearing down the right home,” McCarley said.

A spokesman for Nabors Construction Friday said the company has not seen the lawsuit filed this week and cannot comment at this time.

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