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This Woman's Home Was Demolished By A Company That Said "It Was No Big Deal"

"I'd like them to come out and say 'I'm sorry. It was our mistake. We’re going to fix this. We’ll build you a new house.'"

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Diaz told BuzzFeed News she lost so many meaningful items in the tornado. But the home's basic structure was still intact, which meant that she and her family could move back in after a few months of construction.

But on Tuesday, the same day that Diaz submitted a building permit to reconstruct her home, she got the devastating news from a neighbor that her house had been demolished.

Diaz said she was in shock and disbelief when she saw her home completely flattened.

"What else is going to happen to me?" she said. "A tornado, now the house is gone? What did I do to deserve this all this?"

The demolition company, Billy L. Nabors Demolition, based in Seagoville, was scheduled to tear down a home two blocks away from Diaz's home, according to a demolition permit obtained by BuzzFeed News.

The company was supposed to demolish Nancy Jenkins' home on Costeau Drive, which was also destroyed in the tornado. Instead they demolished Diaz's home about two blocks away.

The company used Google Maps to locate the home due for demolition, but the map showed both Diaz's and Jenkins' addresses as the same location, according to WFAA.

Nabors CEO George Gomez told WFAA the crew assigned to the project realized they made a mistake after they tore down the home. He added the situation is "not a big deal."

Co-owner of the demolition company, Felicia Gomez, told BuzzFeed News on Friday that the company "is working with the owners." She declined to comment further until the situation is resolved.

Jenkins told BuzzFeed News that her home was demolished by the company the same day Diaz's was mistakenly destroyed.

There were several pieces of the home that survived the storm stored in a back room of the house, including a sink, water heater, and vanity.

Diaz, who works in customer service at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, said she doesn't have a lot of money and was hoping to save the items to cut down on the cost of reconstructing the home. But when she got to the demolished home, she realized the company had taken it all.

"It was like the tornado came through again and wiped everything away and now I have nothing," she said. "All of that stuff I was trying to save was just gone."

A Rowlett Police Department report put the value of the damaged property at $200,000.

Diaz has since had a GoFundMe page set up to help her family rebuild her home.

She hopes for some accountability from the company.

"I'd like them to come out and say 'I'm sorry. It was our mistake. We're going to fix this. We'll build you a new house.'" she said. "But with a big corporation like that, I doubt it'll happen."

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