Baldwin landslide affects fire department parking lot
Baldwin Independent Fire Company No. 1 Chief Kevin Kenny points to the damage caused by a landslide that occurred Tuesday in the fire company’s rear parking lot.
Photo by Stephanie Hacke | South Hills Record
A portion of the parking lot behind Baldwin Independent Fire Company No. 1's Churchview Avenue station gave way due to a landslide on Tuesday.
The land behind the fire station began to shift at about 5 a.m., Baldwin No. 1 fire Chief Kevin Kenny said. The land gradually gave way throughout the day.
As of 9:30 p.m., about 30 feet of the parking area - that has a 200 foot width - had shifted over the hillside, dropping about 20 feet down. A lamppost and guardrail gave way with the hillside, Kenny said.
St. Josaphat Cemetery is located behind the fire company lot - at the intersection of Churchview Avenue and Glass Run Road. The landslide brought dirt almost to the first row of headstones, Kenny said.
Crews also were watching because if the land shifted more, it could come near a 12-inch gas line main that is located farther below, Kenny said. The gas company was on the scene.
A geotechnical surveyor reviewed the area and the cause for the slide is unknown, Kenny said.
Firefighters from Baldwin No. 1 - keeping warm by a fire - hovered above the area once used for training Tuesday after 9 p.m., keeping watch to ensure the area did not slide anymore during the night.
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