UPDATE 8:28 AM: Roanoke firefighters have said the Southern Classic Soft Cloth Auto Wash has been doomed and considered “a total loss” as a result of a landslide along Orange Avenue.
According to Roanoke Fire-EMS, an officer from the department was on his way to work when he saw the aftermath of the landslide and reported it to the E-911 center.
Crews then responded to the landslide at 950 Orange Avenue shortly after 6:15 a.m. Tuesday.
There are no reports of injuries from the landslide.
Meanwhile, first responders at the scene worked with Roanoke Gas, AEP and Western Virginia Water Authority to deal with landslide damage to the building’s utilities, according to firefighters.
UPDATE 8:16 AM: The reported landslide in northeast Roanoke on Tuesday morning caused severe damage to Southern Classic Car Wash.
The rock slope behind the car wash is believed to have given way, causing rocks, dirt and debris to crash into the building, causing the most damage to the rear of the car wash but also to the roof.
Additionally, even though the traffic lights came back on near Orange Avenue and Hollins Road on Tuesday morning, Appalachian Power is still reporting a minor outage in the landslide area.
UPDATE 7:49 a.m .: Aaron Farrar of WFXR says traffic lights are off at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Hollins Road – where the landslide took place by a Roanoke car wash – but the officers are not yet on hand to direct traffic.
In addition, Appalachian Power reports an outage affecting fewer than five customers near the intersection. Although Appalachian Power has not indicated the cause of the outage, power is expected to be restored by 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Roanoke first responders were dispatched Tuesday morning to a landslide that affected a car wash along Orange Avenue.
Kristen Perdue of Roanoke Fire-EMS confirmed to WFXR News that a landslide occurred near a car wash on the corner of Orange Avenue and Hollins Road. The landslide was first reported at 6:19 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan.26, she said.
According to Perdue, the extent of the landslide impact on the gas station is still unknown at this time, but no injuries have been reported.
As of this writing, Perdue says units are still at the scene.
WFXR News currently has a reporter on the way to the stage.