Portland house slides down hill

Portland house slides down hill »Play Video
Bare earth marks the spot where the house stood. Only some driveway slabs remain.

PORTLAND, Ore. - A home perched on a hillside above a busy southwest Portland thoroughfare slipped down a slope Wednesday morning, damaging two other homes below it.

The home that slid was almost completely destroyed in a matter of moments. A woman in the home left the structure after she noticed something was wrong.

Once outside, she watched as the home slid 100 feet down the hill. No injuries were reported. The house was located in the 6400 block of Southwest Burlingame Street.

A next-door neighbor said he heard cracking sounds from the home and thought that perhaps some construction was underway, but then reconsidered due to the early hour.

A short time later he notice the home next door had gone down the hill. About a dozen homes nearby were evacuated after the slide.

Two homes located below were impacted. One suffered major damage. It was not immediately known if anyone was in the damaged home.

The ground on the steep hill below the home apparently gave way. While there has been light rain in the past few days, it has not been the type that typically leads to landslides. An investigation as to why the ground gave way is expected.

Fire crews blocked off Southwest Terwilliger Boulevard as they assessed the situation. The sliding home, located on Burlingame Street, slid down towards Terwilliger.

It did not slide into the street, but police blocked off the road out of safety concerns.