MALIBU—A three story, multi-million dollar home in Malibu is in danger of slipping off a cliff after recent mudslides destabilized the property’s structure.
According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the crumbling supports were first reported at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17 in the 2800 block of Hume Road. The road sits at the top of an empty canyon. There were no reports of injuries from the mudslide.
About half of the backyard slid down the Cliffside, “250 feet long by 60 feet wide,” said Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Randall Wright in an interview with ABC7 News. Part of the cement retaining wall broke apart as a result. Some pipes have been exposed, but there was no damage to any part of the home.
The building has been “red-tagged,” meaning it is in a hazardous condition and is unsafe to enter. The family was out of town at the time the collapse was reported.
It is not clear what exactly caused the initial landslide. Wright added in the interview that his team “did find a good amount of water there.”
California Highway Patrol officers were dispatched to secure the location, and teams of building inspectors and water utility personnel are still at working determining the cause and ways to save the house.
Wright indicated that the chances of the entire home crumbling down the hillside were “very small.”