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Texas home sliding off cliff goes down in flames
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Texas home sliding off cliff goes down in flames

Texas home sliding off cliff goes down in flames
Photo Credit: Rod Aydelotte
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)

Texas home sliding off cliff goes down in flames

You think you're having an unlucky Friday the 13th? Well, how would you like to watch your burning house fall off a cliff on national television?

That’s what Robert and Denise Webb did Friday. City authorities in Hill County, Texas set their home on fire because it was dangling off the edge of a cliff. Earlier in the week, a chunk of the cliff fell into the lake right below their house. (Via KYTX)

"You know,  that's my life there that we're watching fall off." ​The Webbs left their home and have been staying in an apartment in Florida for weeks after city officials noticed cracks in the ground around their property. (Via WTSP)

City officials decided setting the house on fire would ultimately lessen the amount of debris. 

The home was valued at $700,000, but the Webbs estimate it's closer to $1 million. Unfortunately,  their insurance policy does not cover geological shifts like the one that caused their house to teeter on the edge. (Via WFAA

Cost was a major factor for the Webbs choosing to set the house ablaze. KTVT reports that the homeowners are responsible for cleanup. Cleaning up the lesser, charred debris would cost about $50,000.

Which is much less than the $200,000 the Webbs would have had to cough up for the city to clean all the unburnt debris from the lake. 

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