Joseph Stack's home demolished


by Andrew Horansky / KVUE News

Posted on June 1, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 1 at 9:47 PM

About an hour before he crashed his plane into the Echelon Building, Joseph Stack set his house on fire.  The fire gutted his home. 

Since February, the home had been an eyesore to people living on Dapplegrey Lane in North Austin.  On Tuesday, it finally came down.

Crews plan to remove much of the debris by late Wednesday.

Neighbors tell KVUE that they are glad to see the structure removed because it served as a painful reminder of the past.

 “The houses next door are so pretty and perfect,” said neighbor Lily Duong.  “And then you look over there and it’s like, ‘Whoa.’”

 Some of the money to pay for the demolition came from a fund that neighbors set up for Stack’s wife and daughter.  Neither was home when their four bedroom, three bathroom home went up in flames. 

 Demolition man Ross Rathberger said the most difficult part of the project was tearing down the second floor without landing debris on neighboring homes.  He also said his crew was glad to take on the project.

 “It feels good,” Rathberger said.  “Sheryl Stack is truly a nice person. Bad things happen to good people, and we are trying to help her and her family the best we can.”

 It is unclear if the family will rebuild on the site.

 For Rathberger, the events that unfolded that February day have hit close to home.
 “The eerie coincidence is that our company is also working at the Echelon Building,” he said.