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Texas mansion dangling on edge of cliff torched by owners

Watch a teetering Texas mansion burn; demolition scheduled after cliff gave way

A Texas mansion teetering on the edge of a cliff above Lake Whitney turned into an Internet spectacle Friday when the owners purposely had the massive home burned down.

The decision to destroy what many would consider a dream house came after owners Robert and Denise Webb were advised it was the best way to minimize damage to the area below, the couple told news outlets.

So they hired a demolition crew to torch the home and then pull debris away from the edge. Emergency crews were on hand in case something did not go as planned.

Multiple TV news stations covered the burn, and Texas papers reported several hundred spectators were on hand to witness the house topple.

A portion of the structure did fall over the cliff during the burn, but the lion’s share remained on the original plot.

The Webbs did not watch in person.

From their apartment in Miami Beach the night before the demolition, the Webbs told a Florida news station that the ground began to give way in April. They were told they needed to leave a few weeks ago.

"That home was really special," Denise Webb told WTSP. "I don't even know why it was so special to me."

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