Problem solved: Man has home dangling from cliff burnt down

Smoke rises from a house deliberately set on fire, days after part of the ground it was resting on...

Smoke rises from a house deliberately set on fire, days after part of the ground it was resting on collapsed into Lake Whitney, Texas on June 13, 2014. (REUTERS/Brandon Wade)

Jon Herskovitz, REUTERS

, Last Updated: 2:38 PM ET

AUSTIN, Texas - Building crews set fire on Friday to a luxury lake house left dangling about 23 metres on a decaying cliff that has been giving way underneath the structure.

Live video showed the house being set on fire by work crews, who earlier had placed hay bales soaked in fuel inside the $800,000 house on Lake Whitney, about 120 km southwest of Dallas, and broke windows for proper ventilation.

The land started to give way in February, and since then about 50 yards of land that separated it from the water's edge has eroded, said Mark Wilson, the chief deputy for the Hill County Sheriff's Department.


Crews prepare to set a house on fire, days after part of the ground it was resting on collapsed into Lake Whitney, Texas on June 13, 2014. Building crews set fire on Friday to the luxury lake house left dangling about 75 feet (23 metres) on a decaying cliff that has been giving way underneath the structure. (REUTERS/Brandon Wade)

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On Tuesday, a large chunk of the land under the structure collapsed, leaving about half of the house on the ground and half in the air.

The burn, which was authorized by the homeowner, will be carefully monitored and comes after a demolition of the house was seen as too risky due to the unstable ground underneath, officials said.

Owner Rob Webb, who spent his retirement savings on the house, has abandoned the property. He told Dallas television station WFAA he had trouble recognizing the structure from news reports.

"You're like, 'Good grief, that is my home,'" Webb told WFAA.


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