DETROIT (AP) — Officials say a dozen homes in Detroit have been mistakenly demolished.
One of them had been purchased by a pair of artists who bought the east-side residence for $500 at a tax auction in October.
Kristine Diven and Micho McAdow planned to fix up the empty two-story home and move in by the spring.
But when they drove by one evening in December, their new house was gone.
The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/UrsrHy ) the structure had been demolished by the state's Land Bank Fast Track Authority as part of a program to eliminate blight near three schools.
City official Karla Henderson says at least 11 other properties also were demolished by mistake. They were purchased by a local investor.
According to city and state officials, mistakes like these are rare.
Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/