A luxury home has been teetering atop a crumbling 75-foot cliff over a lake in central Texas in recent days, and officials decided the best recourse was to burn it down, NBC 5 in Texas reports.
Randy Cephus, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, confirmed to NBC 5 Thursday that the homeowner had three options for removing the home from the site before it falls into the lake.
The first option was to wrap the home with a large net and then pull it away from the edge of the 75-foot cliff, so that the debris could be safely removed from the site. That option was determined not to be feasible, leading engineers to consider the second option — burning the home to the ground.
Officials did consider a third option: Letting Mother Nature eventually claim the home through landslides. The last option, which would likely include removing debris from Lake Whitney, is also the most expensive option.
The burning of the 4,000-square-foot house located in Whitney, Texas (about 60 miles south of Fort Worth) began this morning.
The homeowners bought the house for $700,000 in January and said they were assured it was a stable property, according to the NBC 5 report.
The owners did consent to the demolition of the house, according to the Associated Press.
The house had been condemned and the owners evacuated about two weeks ago. In recent days, pieces of the home and the cliff have been falling into Lake Whitney.