HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” follows hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines as they restore homes in Waco, Texas, with Southern charm and a whole lot of shiplap. But the homeowners featured in the “Three Little Pigs” episode, who moved to Waco specifically to have the chance of having their home designed by the Gaines’ famous firm, Magnolia Realty, now have to have their home fixed up once again after a car crashed through the front wall of the house.
Given the extent of the damage and the late hour that the incident occurred, driver Allen Wayne Miller quickly joined the ranks of the 1.5 million individuals who are arrested each year for drunk driving. Miller was found inside his vehicle, which investigators say went airborne over the lawn before smashing through the porch railing and front room. He hit an interior wall that may be load-bearing, say investigators. The brick fireplace, which was relocated during the renovation performed by the show, was likely what stopped the car from proceeding further.
The homeowners, Kelly and Ken Downs, were asleep in the back bedroom at the time and were unharmed. But the couple wasn’t surprised that such a violent incident occurred.
Kelly Downs told the Waco Tribune of the neighborhood, “It’s like the Wild West here… It’s been a problem from the beginning. We feel deceived by the city of Waco and Magnolia Realty… We have been intimidated and harassed. There’s a big problem here. It’s not safe.”
According to Business Insider, the couple has made complaints to the city and has reported suspicious activity, but they say they’ve felt largely ignored. Their concerns haven’t stopped them from listing their home on AirBnB starting at $275 per night, although they do disclose the fact that the neighborhood is going through a revitalization.
“Fixer Upper” has been good to Waco for the most part. The area has been brought back to life in recent years, thanks in large part to Chip and Joanna Gaines’ involvement. Tourist numbers have reportedly tripled to 1.9 million annually, benefiting hotel, restaurant, and business revenues throughout the city.
The Waco Tribune reports that in the hours following the crash, the Downses still weren’t sure whether they will repair their home again or cut their losses and move somewhere else.
A representative for Magnolia Realty declined to comment on the story to People. But “Fixer Upper” is currently filming its fifth season, and given the fact that the show is still wildly popular with viewers, it’s unlikely that the incident will be of significant impact on Chip and Joanna’s adoring fans.