A Georgia woman was horrified to discover her longtime family home near Atlanta, Georgia had been bulldozed to the ground while she was away on vacation. Susan Hodgson told Fox 5 Atlanta that a construction company mistakenly demolished the wrong property, leaving her property nothing more than a pile of rubble.
Susan Hodgson got a call from a neighbor while she was away.
The neighbor called Hodgson to ask if she’d planned to tear down the home, which no one was living in at the time, per The AP.
“I said, ‘No,’ and she said, ‘Well, there’s someone over here who just demolished the whole house and tore it all down,’” Hodgson recalled.
While the house has been empty for 15 years, Hodgson has continued to manage the property by keeping the grass cut and the exterior clean and tidy.
“The taxes are paid and everything is up on it,” Hodgson said.
The construction company was “nasty” to the neighbor when confronted.
Hodgson revealed that the neighbor approached the employees demolishing the house to ask them what was going on, but she didn’t get very far.
“He told her to shut up and mind her own business,” Hodgson said of the neighbor’s experience with the construction foreman.
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Hodgson sent a family member to the property to try and sort things out.
She said that the family member requested to see the work permit for the job that would prove they had permission to tear down the house. However, it soon became clear that wasn’t the case.
“The guy pulled it out and said ‘Oh I’m at the wrong address’ and he just packs everything up and leaves and the house is just (destroyed) down and gone,” Hodgson told Fox 5.
“It’s just hard to believe someone thinks they have the right to just come and tear something up and walk away from it and didn’t come back and say, ‘I’m sorry. What do I need to do to fix this? It was an accident.’ They didn’t give me nothing.”
The company, “You Call It, We Haul It,” claim they’re doing an investigation.
The company adds that they “are working ono resolving the mishap,” though it’s unclear how they can ever make up for what they did.
In the meantime, Hodgson said she and her family are considering filing a police report and talking with lawyers about what legal recourse they might have.