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Landslide destroys Los Angeles home and endangers at least 2 others

LOS ANGELES — A landslide destroyed a hillside home and imperiled at least two others in Los Angeles early Wednesday.

LOS ANGELES — A landslide demolished a home on a hillside and put at least two others at risk in Los Angeles early Wednesday.

The slide happened around 3 a.m. in Sherman Oaks, a neighborhood with pricey homes about 12 miles northwest of downtown. A preliminary search found no victims, but the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement that several people were evacuated from one house.

There was no immediate information on the cause of the landslide, but many slides have occurred in Southern California due to soaking winter storms saturating the ground.

Aerial footage from news helicopters revealed the full scope of the slide. The destroyed house, which seemed to be under renovation, was reduced to a pile of lumber. Next door, the slide dragged a pool and deck area away from a house. Further up the hill, the slide left a tennis court and pool on the edge of a large crack.

The Fire Department stated, “The Department of Building and Safety is responding to evaluate the structures and hillsides.”

Southern California has experienced a decrease in storms recently, but slides and rockfalls have persisted. According to the National Weather Service, some rain may return this weekend.

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