NEWPORT TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)— What appears to be a large sinkhole has opened up in the back of a housing complex in Luzerne County.
Photos show a large hole has appeared in the backyard of a housing complex on Rock Street in Newport Township.
Chief Jason Kowalski with the Newport Township Fire Department says it was likely a mine subsidence in one of the old mine vents.
Chief Kowalski said 14 of the nearby apartments have been condemned causing roughly 20 people to be displaced. There have been no reported injuries.
The Department of Environmental Protection says the hole is about 60 to 80 feet deep. The problem is mine subsidence in an area known for such issues through the years.
The Newport Township Fire Chief tells 28/22 news that two buildings which house 14 apartments have been condemned.
“We evacuated the apartments immediately in front of it and the adjacent apartments. We’ve got approximately 20 people displaced at this point. No injuries. Everybody got out okay,” said Chief Kowalski.
The DEP said the hole surrounded by caution tape could be filled as early as this week and urges people to stay away.
This is a developing story, 28/22 News will have the latest on this story and more information is available.