Jun 13, 2014 1:10 PM
WHITNEY, Texas (AP) - Fire crews have begun burning a luxury house that's teetering atop a crumbling 75-foot cliff over a Central Texas lake.
Authorities say destroying the 4,000-square-foot house by fire is better than waiting for it to topple into Lake Whitney. The cost of removing mounds of debris from the lake could prove prohibitive.
The homeowners have consented to Friday's demolition about 60 miles south of Fort Worth.
The house has been condemned and the owners evacuated the property about two weeks ago. Chunks of the cliff - and the $700,000 home - have been tumbling into the water.
Tom Hemrick, Hill County's emergency management coordinator, says the owners will have the charred debris moved to stable land and crews will remove the slab.
The residence was built in 2007.
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