Demo company apologizes for tearing down wrong Rowlett duplex

Billy L. Nabors Demolition tore down the wrong tornado-damaged duplex in Rowlett, and the company is now apologizing for the mistake. David Goins has more.

ROWLETT-  She survived the tornado with her young son, and now Lindsay Diaz says she’s pulling through this, too.

Her tornado-damaged duplex demolished by mistake last Tuesday.

"Disbelief, it's hard for me to sleep,” Diaz said. “It's all I think about."

Billy L. Nabors Demolition of Seagoville had a permit to tear down a duplex at 7601/7603 Cousteau but blamed Google Maps for sending them a block over to Calypso.

Diaz said that, in the days immediately after the mistake, the demo company wouldn’t return her calls.

"In the beginning I just thought they weren't going to contact me at all,” Diaz said. “I thought I was going to ride this out on my own."

But Diaz wasn’t alone.

Thousands responded to the story on Facebook, calling for the demo company to apologize for the mistake - an apology Diaz said she finally got on Friday.

"I sat down with them and we spoke with them and they sincerely apologized," Diaz said.

No one from Nabors Demolition would agree to an on-camera interview with News 8.

CEO George Gomez told News 8 by phone on Sunday the company was overwhelmed by the worldwide news coverage their mistake generated online.

With no one in the company versed in public relations, Gomez says his “mom and pop” small business didn’t know how to react, so they said nothing publicly.

But Nabors said the company is committed to doing whatever it takes to make sure both duplex owners are taken care of after their mistake.

"They promised to help and to make it right,” Diaz said. “My advice to them is to come through with that."

And restart the process Diaz was working towards after the tornado – moving back home again.

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