October 21, 2014

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Crews set fire to luxury home teetering on cliff

A luxury house teeters on a cliff about 75 feet above Lake Whitney in Whitney, Texas. (AP Photo/WFAA.Com)

A luxury house teeters on a cliff about 75 feet above Lake Whitney in Whitney, Texas. (AP Photo/WFAA.Com)

WHITNEY, Texas (AP) — The owners of a luxury home falling apart atop a 75-foot Central Texas cliff say they were assured that the property was stable when they bought it.

Demolition crews late Friday morning set fire to the house that Robert and Denise Webb purchased in 2012 but had to abandon a few weeks ago.

The $700,000 home above Lake Whitney, 60 miles south of Fort Worth, became unlivable after the cliff began giving way. The condemned home has drawn attention with startling images of dangling pieces of structure and cliff tumbling to the water.

The Webbs, who also have a home along Florida’s Miami Beach, on Thursday told WTSP-TV that it’s hard to watch.

Robert Webb says geologists and inspectors, before the purchase, told them the property was perfectly stable.