A South Pasadena Fire Department official said Wednesday firefighters are not finding any signs of new damage to a South Pasadena home, outside of the initial report that a driveway collapsed at a residence Tuesday night in the 1800 block of Hanscom Drive in the city.
The homeowner reported the incident to authorities shortly after arriving at home around 8 p.m.
“We’re not seeing any indication from above, in front of the house, of any additional cracking or cracks that would warrant any concern of it moving,” explained Battalion Chief Chris Szenczi as he spoke to reporters. “There is some cracking right where the connection points are from the driveway to the main structure, but they could have occurred years ago. Who knows? I don’t know how the structure was prior to our arrival. There was a lot of erosion underneath, possibly from all the rains we’ve had recently.”
Szenczi said the cause of the driveway breaking free was a water line breaking, causing erosion and main supports to cave in, forcing officials to red tag the property and evacuate the homeowners, along with nearby homes.
Authorities believe the broken water pipe was the cause of the shifting of the ground. Szenczi said there’s about 3 to 4 feet of sagging in the driveway.
Fire department officials confirmed Wednesday morning the gas line leading into the home is not leaking. Concerns were raised since the meter was attached to the driveway, the line may break. As a precautionary measure, authorities shut off the gas line.
As a safeguard, Szenczi said patrol units would make frequent visits to the area, especially over the next 24 hours, to look for any shifting of the home or roadway.
“The main concern for us is, if this driveway continues to come in, that it could push the main home off its foundation a bit,” Szenczi tod CBS. “So we currently have the main house evacuated – we’re working on finding them shelter for the evening – the two adjacent structures on either side as well as two down below.”
At least five residences were evacuated Tuesday night as South Pasadena Fire Department officials investigated a giant hole underneath a sinking home in the 1800 block Hanscom Drive in the city.
The two-story house continues to threaten the neighborhood. A red tag has been placed outside the residence causing concern among homeowner Bob Lynes, telling NBC News Los Angeles: “The driveway was creaking and groaning and coming down. It was collapsing.”
A neighbor, Clyde Loo, told NBC News, “I turned off the water on their side, but it could have been that when the driveway collapsed it broke the pipe.”
A broken water line reportedly caused the home to sink about six feet as South Pasadena Fire Department officials, along with other area agencies, rushed to the scene just after 8 p.m.
The couple who own the home came home, reportedly began to hear strange sounds, quickly backed their car out of the driveway before calling authorities.
Structural crews are expected to arrive on scene Wednesday to further determine the cause of the collapse and examine next steps to get the homeowners and neighbors back into their homes.
A local firefighter official said there were no injuries reported during the incident.
A water leak caused the ground beneath a two-story home in South Pasadena to give-way Tuesday, prompting evacuations, according to the South Pasadena Fire Department.
Crews and building inspectors were sent to the scene in the 1800 block of Hanscom Drive Tuesday evening. The hillside home is facing major erosion and damage to the driveway, according to authorities. The house was taped off as authorities monitored the hillside, CBS Los Angeles reported.
“The main concern for us is, if this driveway continues to come in, that it could push the main home off its foundation a bit. So we currently have the main house evacuated – we’re working on finding them shelter for the evening – the two adjacent structures on either side as well as two down below” Battalion Chief Chris Szenczi told CBS.