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Juneau Sinkhole Threatens Fire Station

Published On: Feb 14 2014 01:10:00 PM AKST

Courtesy Capital City Fire and Rescue


One thinks of Florida when one envisions massive sinkholes swallowing whole buildings in a single gulp.

But the Juneau Empire reports the city has a massive sinkhole threatening its downtown fire station.

And officials say it could cost up to a million dollars to fix. That's a hefty price tag in a city where the state budgets about $20,000 annually to fill pot holes.

Capital City Fire and Rescue Chief Richard Etheridge says making the situation more dangerous is fire engines weighing more than 50,000 pounds are sending vibrations through the already shaky ground.

Etheridge says the hole is large enough to swallow at pick up.