Woman plans to file lawsuit after construction company mistakenly demolishes home in AL
MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – Jennifer Pulliam knows who mistakenly demolished her Alabama home earlier this year. But while the mystery is solved, the legal battle has only just begun.
On a weekend in January, someone came to Pulliam’s property next to Mobile Fairgrounds and demolished a house that had belonged to his family since the 1960s.
“I moved here when I was about 10 years old. This is my grandparents’ old house. They bought it in 1965 and it has been in our family ever since,” she said.
Pulliam, who lives and works in Leaksville, Mississippi, was eventually told about the demolition through a family member.
“They didn’t know I didn’t know until they saw the report and then they contacted me,” she said.
“I cried for two days,” Pulliam added. “I was devastated.”
Other family members saw the story, which aired on WKRG, and contacted Pulliam with the name of a business seen at the property over the January weekend.
Pulliam said a mobile police investigator contacted the construction company and the owner confessed to demolishing the house, saying it was a mistake.
“I wasn’t happy because they said they couldn’t arrest them because there was no malicious intent…I would just have to sue them in civil court,” Pulliam said.
Pulliam, who had not publicly named the company on the advice of her lawyer, said she planned to take legal action. She also claimed that the owners of the business had not contacted her to apologize – or anything else.
As for the type of damage she hopes to recover, Pulliam didn’t immediately have an amount in mind.
“I don’t know what they are going to find or how they are going to do it – this house for me is priceless.”