Huge sinkhole threatens to swallow pub into secret medieval cellar

Huge sinkhole threatens to swallow pub into secret medieval cellar

Construction workers stand near a sinkhole along a street in the city of Amiens, northern France, on August 13, 2019. - A five metres deep and ten metres wide sinkhole appeared in the centre of Amiens overnight on August 11, which the local municipal services believe could have been triggered by the collapse of a medieval cave in the vicinity. (Photo by DENIS CHARLET / AFP)DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images

A large sinkhole emerged outside La Bonne Humeur brasserie in central Amiens (Picture: Getty)

A large sinkhole has emerged right outside a pub in northern France.

Part of the venue in Amiens was left dangling over the edge of the 16ft deep hole after it suddenly emerged overnight yesterday.

Gas and electricity in the area were cut off and local media says nobody is believed to have been hurt when it appeared.

For now, La Bonne Humeur (good mood in English) brasserie remains closed until they can make the building safe.

It is not known what caused the collapse, but there are theories that it could be related to the town’s Roman heritage or a fortress built in the Middle Ages.

Construction workers stand near a sinkhole along a street in the city of Amiens, northern France, on August 13, 2019. - A five metres deep and ten metres wide sinkhole appeared in the centre of Amiens overnight on August 11, which the local municipal services believe could have been triggered by the collapse of a medieval cave in the vicinity. (Photo by DENIS CHARLET / AFP)DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images

It is believed the hole may have emerged because of a medieval cellar under the pub (Picture: Getty)

Construction workers stand near a sinkhole along a street in the city of Amiens, northern France, on August 13, 2019. - A five metres deep and ten metres wide sinkhole appeared in the centre of Amiens overnight on August 11, which the local municipal services believe could have been triggered by the collapse of a medieval cave in the vicinity. (Photo by DENIS CHARLET / AFP)DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images

Three flats were evacuated as a result of the sinkhole appearing suddenly (Picture: Getty)

A local newspaper said it was likely that it was linked to the presence of a hidden medieval  cellar.

It was first believed a leaking water pipe that has weakened the sandy layers of the floor over time may have been responsible.

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However, the local authorities say that this is not the case and the only damage done to water pipes happened when the sinkhole emerged.

A spokesman for the town hall said: ‘Firefighters and various services of Amiens Métropole including the on-call engineer, waterworks and sanitation went to assess the situation.

‘A preliminary security perimeter was installed around the excavation before access to Place Debouverie was forbidden.

‘Three tenants of the building above the brewery were asked to leave their homes by firefighters and were welcomed in the lounges of the town hall. As a precaution, the distribution of water and gas was cut off in the area.’



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