Welcome to a demolition crew’s worst nightmare. On Sunday afternoon, city contractors in Baltimore worked to tear down a condemned row house with an excavator, but accidentally destroyed the neighboring building. The whole thing comes crashing down in a flurry of dust and rubble, as bystanders watch in disbelief.
The demo crew meant to tear down the original building at 212 E. Fort Street because of a massive crack in the wall. But everything went terribly awry, as a hefty layer of brick toppled over onto the building next door. No construction workers were hurt, luckily, as the mixture of brick, concrete, wood and other detritus made for a dangerous scene.
The owner of the mistakenly wrecked property -- a former pet store called the Laundry Mutt -- was surprisingly undisturbed by the botched job. Joseph Rene, who bought the building for $160,000 cash with the plan of turning it into a three-level home, told the Baltimore Sun: “We’ll rebuild it...we have no other option.” Other onlookers from the street were audibly shocked, blurting obscenities.