SPOKANE, Washington (KREM-TV) — The Fairmount Memorial Park in north Spokane had an edge give way creating a miniature landslide Friday.
The slide carried a vault holding a casket about 12 feet down a hill in what the cemetery's CEO Denny York described as a "freak accident."
Crews spent hours assessing damage overnight, removing and temporarily relocating the vault and blocking off the area. Only one gravesite was affected.wn a hill in what the cemetery's CEO Denny York described as a "freak accident."
A small landslide at a cemetery in Spokane, Washington caused a casket to move from its resting place into a ditch in what the cemetery's CEO calls a "freak accident." VPC
Staff said they are not sure what caused the slide, but said it might have been triggered by a tree damaged during summer storms or a broken water pipe.
"It is sad. But you know, when you got pipes and irrigation and stuff like that. We've had a lot of rain and weird weather … nothing is really surprising me much," said Rosie Deal, an eyewitness to the landslide.
Five other headstones were just a few feet away from the edge as well, but staff determined they were not at risk of sliding.
The family of the affected site have been notified.