John Mecom, Jr., remembers buying the house at 2945 Lazy Lane across from his parents' home, sight unseen.
"It was an accident," he said. Mecom, the son of famed oilman John Mecom, Sr., never planned on buying the estate. He was overseas in the 1970s when the bank put the house on the auction block; he purchased it for $125,000 thinking it was a different home.
Now, he is heartbroken that the home he spent $18 million to lovingly restore and expand is nothing more than rubble.
"Selfishly, it could have been saved and could be improved, by far," he said.
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