Francis Howard, 69, said she was staying with her son in Frisco, Texas, Wednesday when the bulldozer tore a hole in the front of her house at 724 Ruddell in Denton, the Denton Record-Chronicle reported Thursday.
Howard said a woman was digging irises in flower beds at the house and was able to stop the crews before they continued tearing it down.
City records state the house across the street, 721 Ruddell, was scheduled for demolition Wednesday.
"I just want this house put back together," Howard said. "I think I need a lawyer."
Denton's Construction and Advisory Appeals Board ordered the house at 721 Ruddell to be repaired or demolished in January, city records show. The records state Jeremy Jaruis paid a $130 fee Monday and applied for a permit to demolish all the structures at the address.
Howard's house was appraised at $24,116 in 2009 by the Denton Central Appraisal District.