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HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper’ gone bad! Couple says they were deceived by show after car crashes into home

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A home featured on the popular HGTV show “Fixer Upper,” ironically tagged “The Three Little Pigs,” is going to need a little fixing up after an “aggressive” drunk driver crashed into it.

…but it’s not likely the show’s hosts, Chip and Joanna Gaines, will be doing the work.

More on the homeowners’ “rude awakening” from the Waco Tribune-Herald:

The owners, Ken and Kelly Downs, sleeping in an interior bedroom at the time of the crash, weren’t hurt, but their house nicknamed the “Three Little Pigs” house and featured on Season 3, Episode 12 of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” sustained considerable damage. The car broke through an exterior wall and a parallel interior wall of a front room office.

Police and fire crews were called to 1902 Alexander Ave. about 1:20 a.m., after a car crashed into the home, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said. Swanton said the driver, Allen Wayne Miller, 31, was found in a Hyundai Accent wedged inside the home.

Image credit Ken Downs, HGTV
Image credit Ken Downs, HGTV
Photo credit Ken Downs, HGTV
Photo Credit Rachel Whyte, HGTV

Miller, 31, was arrested for driving while intoxicated, according to the newspaper.

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The Downses say they were deceived by the Gaines’ realty company Magnolia Realty about the neighborhood.

Either way, the Gaines have shown that they are willing to respond to complaints, as seen when Gaines took to social media to respond to a $1 million lawsuit filed by his former partners.

And they do so in a respectful way, even when being targeted by liberal media outlets for their Christian beliefs and choice of churches to attend.

As for the accident, an added irony is the homeowners were billed as “two fearless honeymooners” on the show.

Photo Credit Rachel Whyte, HGTV
Photo Credit Rachel Whyte, HGTV
Photo credit Ken Downs, HGTV

“It’s like the Wild West here. There’s been a lot of commotion coming from the bars and the store across the street,” Kelly Downs told the Tribune-Herald. “It’s been a problem from the beginning. We’ve lived here a year and a half and we feel deceived by the city of Waco and Magnolia Realty.”

After watching “Fixer Upper,” the Downses went house hunting in Waco with Magnolia Realty and were featured on the show, but all was not well after they moved into their new home.

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Photo Credit Rachel Whyte, HGTV
Photo credit HGTV

More from the Tribune-Herald:

While the Downses encountered some problems with their home after moving in, the neighborhood had issues they did not expect: late-night noise from nearby bars, suspicious activity and push-back, some of it anti-“Fixer Upper,” from local residents when they complained to police.

“We have been intimidated and harassed,” Kelly Downs said. “People have complained about their taxes going up because we moved here. Store owners have complained about taxes.”

Photo Credit Rachel Whyte, HGTV

The Downs are unhappy that Magnolia Realty showed them a property in what they say is a bad area, and with the city of Waco for not doing more about their complaints.

“There’s a big problem here. It’s not safe,” Kelly said. “This is a ‘Fixer-Upper’ gone bad.”

The homeowners told the Tribune-Herald they are not sure if they will repair the home or move to a new place.

Tom Tillison


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