Whoops Wrong House
Demolition crews tear down home being renovated by contractor.
A Pittsburgh man's home has been leveled after city officials said a contractor mistakenly demolished it along with a neighboring house.
Homeowner Andre Hall says he'd already replaced the windows and done other work on the long-vacant Motor Street house, but when he arrived to do more work Monday, a backhoe was sitting on top of the debris that was once his house.
The home had been condemned, but the city had issued an order halting demolition for six months after Hall bought it in November.
The head of the city's Bureau of Building Inspection said the house next door was supposed to be taken down, but the contractor demolished Hall's home as well.
"I leave for the holidays, come back and see a backhoe sitting on my house," said Hall. "This is not the way I thought I would start off my new year."
Hall has the court order and a copy of the letter that city officials said they sent to contractors PJ Deller of Gibsonia.
"Do not demolish" was underlined in big bold letters.
The city solicitor's office said it's reviewing the matter.