boulderRockville, UT – Two people were killed after a 300 ton boulder literally flattened a  house during a rockslide.

Emergency crews from multiple agencies were dispatched to a hillside along State Route 9, which runs through Zion National Park, at around 5 p.m. yesterday. They would find the home that once stood at the bottom of the hill had been destroyed by several boulders, including one sumbitch that stood over 15-feet tall.

“It just flattened out,” Rockville’s mayor, Dan McGuire, said of the house.

Sadly, the house wasn’t the only thing flattened out. Two people who were in the home have now been confirmed dead. Springdale Police Chief Kurt Wright said two bodies were found inside the home and were found close to each other.

Their names have not been released, but neighbors said they were beloved, longtime residents.

No official word on what caused the rockslide, but Wright blamed it on the winter weather. He said they’ve experiencing abnormally low temperatures and an abundance of snow. However, temperatures peaked at about 45 degrees on Thursday, possibly thawing the frozen rocks and sending them rolling down the hill.

Officials do not know if more slides are eminent, but Wright said anyone in Rockville who doesn’t feel safe in their home below hundred ton boulders has been offered free lodging in nearby Springville.

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