Texas house on cliff burned down, owner speaks

HILL COUNTY, TX (WTSP/WFAA/CNN) – A luxury home that was dangling off the edge of a lakeside cliff in Central Texas is now gone.

Crews intentionally set fire to it Friday.

Photo gallery of home being destroyed

The homeowners of the waterfront property say they are devastated because they wanted to keep it in the family.

“It’s gone. It’s just gone,” owner Denise Webb said.

Like the rest of us, Denise and Robert Webb watch in awe and disbelief as that huge house teeters on the edge of a cliff over Lake Whitney?

“And you don’t see how something that huge can get hurt or just disintegrate right in front of your face,” Denise said.

But for the Webbs it’s even worse and far more personal because that’s their house the world is watching.

“You know, that’s my life there that we’re watching fall off,” Robert said.

“It wasn’t until you see it sitting there with what was your yard, gone. the deck that you used to sit on a chair and look at the lake. uh, you know – it’s gone,” Denise said.

The 4,000 square-foot estate home, worth about a million dollars, they say, was a big chunk of the Webbs’ retirement nest egg. And their insurance policy? Likely does not cover earth movement.

“I want to leave that to my grandchildren. It’s a big hit,” Robert said.

We caught up with the Webbs at their other waterfront property, an apartment along Florida’s Miami Beach. Robert, sharing his own photos and video of the lake-house, taken as the ground started to give way back in April. They were finally told to leave a few weeks ago.

“And you’re thinking, you know, we’ve got time. And they’re saying no – get it out now,” Denise said.

“At that time we got what we could – and our furniture out of the house,” Robert said.

When the Webbs purchased the home in 2012, it checked out fine, they say. Geologists and inspectors telling them it was perfectly stable.

“And so we bought it in good faith,” Robert said.

“It’s, it’s really tough – that house was special and I don’t even know why it was so special but it was special to me,” Denise said.

Even with their emotions as unsettled as the ground beneath their house, the Webbs say they’re worried about others safety. They don’t want boaters below to get crushed by debris or other onlookers to get too close to the edge.

The Webbs are picking up the tab for the demolition.

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