A scare at a bank parking lot on Thursday afternoon had emergency responders fearing a common natural phenomenon.
Deptford bank has ‘sinkhole’ scare after 40-foot deep hole opens in parking lot
After suspecting at first that a sinkhole might be opening up in the Beneficial Bank parking lot on Hurffville Road, emergency responders were soon laughing about the random appearance of a 40-foot-deep hole that was only about 18 inches across and showed no signs of opening up any further.
According to Robert Burkhardt, the fire marshal for the Deptford Township Fire Department, the hole looks to have been some sort of underground drain or well that had been paved over by the original property owner.
Burkhardt said that the cause of the hole opening at this time is probably “just stress from over the years.”
The fire marshal said they did not expect any further damage as a result of the hole. Construction crews were en route at 2 p.m. to fix the hole and did not anticipate it growing any larger.