UPDATED 7:30 p.m.
ROCKVILLE – A large rockslide in Rockville at the west end of the town has completely demolished a home on the 300 West Block of Main Street and two people are confirmed dead.
“Anyone in the home is deceased,” Sgt. Garen Brecke of the Springdale Police Department said at 7:18 p.m., “they have identified two people deceased at this time. We don’t think there are anymore at this time.”
Before the bodies were located, neighbors said two people were known to live in the home. No names of the bodies identified are being released Thursday night, Brecke said.
The cause of the rockslide remains under investigation. Crews going through the rubble have been called off until morning along with the search and rescue units, to resume Friday morning.
“It’s still under investigation why it slid,” Brecke said. “It seems like it’s natural. I have not been told that we’re in danger of a second one.”
The rockslide was reported to the St. George Communications Center around 5 p.m. and emergency crews from multiple agencies responded. Springdale Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, Rockville-Springdale Fire Department, Hurricane Fire Department, St. George Fire Department and emergency services from Zion National Park.
The slide did not reach state Route 9, which passes through the town, though the Utah Highway Patrol is reportedly handling traffic in the area. Multiple emergency units from the surrounding area responded to the scene.
St. George News Editor-in-Chief Joyce Kuzmanic and Assistant Editor Mori Kessler contributed to this report.
UPDATED in full at 7:30 p.m.
CORRECTION Dec. 13. The rockslide occurred at the west end of town, not the south end, as originally stated.
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