I have been doing a new survival world, and I was out on a completely different island exploring, but when I came back to my house, I was greeted by this.enter image description here

My first thought was creepers, but I then realized that only my dark wood blocks disappeared and nothing else. All of my windows were intact, and so were my anvil, crafting table, and all of my chests. Then I thought an enderman stole blocks, but just look at how many blocks are missing.

What happened here, and why have only the dark oak blocks disappeared?

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    BTW, you can press F3+G to check if that is a chunk border. Commented Jun 9, 2019 at 9:19
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    – user143228
    Commented Jun 11, 2019 at 8:45
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Your house probably got struck by lightning.

Even though it is unlikely, it seems to be the only possible theory left, and makes perfect sense. The house probably started burning from the inside after the lightning struck, and as soon as the roof caught fire and got destroyed, the fire on the walls and floor got extinguished by the rain from the thunderstorm that caused the lightning in the first place.

This explains why only wood got destroyed without glass, chests and the door getting destroyed. The pattern of destroyed blocks could also possibly be created by the fire, since there are remaining blocks scattered around, which is typical of fire to do.

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    Hey! Was about to post that! +1.
    – user143228
    Commented Jun 9, 2019 at 5:06
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    Even more likely if it's in a spawn chunk. Commented Jun 9, 2019 at 17:46
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    Lol, you already got "Great Answer"
    – Ver Nick
    Commented Jun 12, 2019 at 10:46
  • I Wanted to post that! +1
    – fwoosh
    Commented Sep 10, 2019 at 4:27

I'm guessing a chunk save failure, perhaps caused by 1.14

I don't think the house was struck by lightning. For that much damage to have been done it would need to burn for quite some time. Fire is slow to destroy blocks, and doesn't spread quickly. Unless you were nearby the chunk wouldn't have been loaded and the fire would not spread. If you went straight to the island you were exploring and straight back then you definitely would have seen any fire that destroyed that many blocks.

Your house probably isn't in a spawn chunk as it wasn't loaded for very long once the floor was gone. We can tell because none of the dirt below the floor has turned to grass yet (grass spreads anywhere in a 3x3x5 area).

You mentioned creepers and endermen. Creepers are powerful and would destroy the dirt under the planks (not to mention there would be nothing to aggro them if you're gone). Endermen cannot pick up any wooden block.

I don't believe this is a whole-chunk error. It appears part of the roof is overhanging areas of the floor that were removed and vice versa. Also, the affected areas didn't revert to their seed-generation state. If so your floor would be replaced with grass.

To me, the best explanation is that either the chunk failed to fully save or had errors when loading. Given the very specific damage, my best guess is a save failure. Due to that failure, affected areas reverted to a semi-random prior state when you were building the house. This is the game behavior being exploited in the well-known chunk-overflow dupe.

There were bugs in 1.14 that caused crashes and data loss, such as MC-147754. There were also numerous chunk issues with 1.14. If you updated around that time then maybe you were affected by one.

Note: Intended to comment on Quijibo's answer but don't have the rep yet, so taking a stab at an answer for you.

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    It is definitely possible, but the missing blocks' pattern is similar to the ones generated by fire. The grass not growing is a valid point, but grass doesn't spread at night/during thunderstorms. My conclusion would be, that the house was hit just as he was leaving, and burned down while he was away, due to it being in the spawn chunks; then, he returned, just as it became daytime.
    – user143228
    Commented Jun 11, 2019 at 8:09
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    Anyway, this is a full, well-researched answer. Good job, and welcome to Arquade!
    – user143228
    Commented Jun 11, 2019 at 8:11
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    @Quijibo the point is, you should complete your answer. It's not stealing, but you can still put a "@RudolfJelin" in your edit, if you want to feel better about it.
    – user143228
    Commented Jun 11, 2019 at 8:49
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    The grass actually did regenerate, just not fully. If you look at the ground where the wall was in the front, there is grass that would be in the way of a wall. Same on the backside.
    – dly
    Commented Jun 11, 2019 at 12:37
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    @RudolfJelin You're right, it's definitely possible that it was fire. I'd like to see the OP tell us how long he was gone exploring and whether there was a thunderstorm or not. I did notice the single block of grass that regenerated. But grass moves fairly quickly (half the speed of fire-ish) so that one block could regen while OP is running back. Commented Jun 12, 2019 at 6:39

I had the same problem in my world:

I caused it by quitting the world too fast. I mean, I entered the world, and almost immediately quit. The chunk my house was on didn't have enough time to load, and so it was saved like that (BTW, all the work I did in caves on this chunk also got erased). Unfortunately, on this chunk I had chests with everything I got(as I remember, about a stack of iron ingots, 12 golden ones, 4 diamonds and lots of everything else).

You're pretty lucky to have only dark wood planks erased. I think all the blocks got loaded except this ones, and so it got saved like that. There is no solution for this problem if you caused it. Just try to be careful with Minecraft: though it's a wonderful game, it still has a lot of bugs.

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