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In a rush to help city's action harms Baxter Springs family

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A family that survived Sunday's tornado in Baxter Springs says their home was bulldozed before they could salvage all their items.

The tornado pushed their house into the street, and the city bulldozed the home the next morning.

"I'm sorry for everybody that lost their stuff I'm not trying to make this about me... its tearing me up man," said the emotional Homeowner Tim Robinson Jr.

City crews tell us they demolished the structure the morning after the tornado because the tornado pushed the home to the middle of the street.

"It was blocking the road and it was unsafe structure in that road," said instant command Gunner Wixon

The homeowners say they had a limited amount of time to collect items before first responders forced them to leave the night before due to a city wide curfew.

"29 years of my life in that house since I was a baby in that house and its gone," said Robinson.

City officials say they are obligated to clear roadways in case of another emergency.

"It's very unfortunate that we had to do that its nothing that we want to do and my heart is out for the family," said Wixon.

"I just wish I could of got my stuff," said Robinson.

The family does not have insurance and will be responsible for cleaning the pile of debris.

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