Google Maps blamed for house demolition

Right house number, wrong street...

A US demolition firm has blamed Google Maps for an error that led to the destruction of the wrong house in Rowlett, Texas.

Workers for Bill L. Nabors Demolition were led to Lindsay Diaz's Calypso Drive duplex rather than the Cousteau Drive duplex that was supposed to be knocked down a block away.

Diaz had just applied for a builders permit to repair her home after it suffered damage in a December tornado.

She told Kera News:

"I was driving home from work and I get a call from my neighbour. She’s very frantic, crying and I asked her 'what’s going on?' She said 'a company came and demolished the house by mistake'.

"When a structural engineer came out to see my home, he wrote a report stating that the home was structurally sound.

"One of the walls needed to be replaced, some of the rafters on the roof needed to be replaced, but the home was structurally sound and did not need to come down".

Google has admitted that its web mapping service was behind the error.

A spokesperson told CNNMoney:

"Google Maps did indeed show incorrect information for the houses in question.

"Both addresses were shown as being in the same location (7601 Calypso Dr) on Google Maps... the issue was fixed as soon as it was brought to our attention".

In more positive Google Maps news (for Batman fans), Wayne Manor and the Bat Cave are now both on Google Street View.