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Florida man swallowed by sinkhole feared dead (updated)

It opened up under his bedroom, and took the bed with him in it.

100 feet across, and they're estimating it's gone 50 feet deep by now.

It's sad, even scarier that there were other people in the house, meaning it could've taken the whole family and it was dumb luck that only he fell in.

Everyone always thinks earthquake or tornado or hurricane, but how do you stop the ground from opening up beneath you?


He's now presumed dead, they can't detect any signs of life and it's too dangerous for anyone to try and dig him out:

Seffner, Florida (CNN) -- The ground just swallowed him up.

A Florida man fell into a sinkhole that opened suddenly Thursday night beneath the bedroom of his suburban Tampa home, calling out to his brother for help as he fell, the brother said Friday.

"I heard a loud crash, like a car coming through the house," Jeremy Bush told CNN affiliate WFTS. "I heard my brother screaming and I ran back there and tried going inside his room, but my old lady turned the light on and all I seen was this big hole, a real big hole, and all I saw was his mattress."

Bush frantically tried to rescue his brother, Jeff Bush, by standing in the hole and digging at the rubble with a shovel until police arrived and pulled him out, saying the floor was still collapsing.

"I thought I heard him holler for me to help him," the man tearfully told WFTS.

Jeremy Bush and four other people, including a 2-year-old child, escaped from the blue, one-story 1970s-era home in Seffner, Florida, a Tampa suburb.

Jeff Bush was presumed dead after monitoring equipment lowered by engineers detected no signs of life, said Jessica Damico, the Hillsborough County Fire Department spokeswoman.

But rescuers can't go into the hole to check -- it's too dangerous, Fire Chief Ron Rogers told reporters Friday. Authorities say they worry the hole is still spreading and the house could collapse at any time.

The sinkhole is about 20 feet to 30 feet across and may be 30 feet deep, said Bill Bracken, president of the engineering company assisting emergency workers. The hole was originally reported to be 100 feet across, but that is the diameter of the safety zone surrounding it, Bracken said.

"It started in the bedroom, and it has been expanding outward and it's taking the house with it as it opens up," he said.

Nearby homes have been evacuated as a precaution, Rogers said.

More at the link, along with video interviews.

Answer Question

Asked by NotPanicking at 8:11 AM on Mar. 1, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (9)
  • Ugh that is something I never thought about before. I'll just add that to my reasons I can't sleep at night. Thanks NP!! LOL!

    Answer by m-avi at 8:17 AM on Mar. 1, 2013

  • Impending Armageddon? Let me know when the moon turns to blood and the dead walk the earth. I been watching Ghost busters so I know how to fight it when it comes.

    On a serious note: Sad for that man and his family and that is a truly bizarre occurrence.

    Answer by AnonNdrag at 8:42 AM on Mar. 1, 2013

  • Didn't I read something about a guy think spontaneously combusted in Oklahoma last week too? Strange stuff.

    Answer by m-avi at 8:43 AM on Mar. 1, 2013

  • scary! sinkholes are a big concern in florida.

    Answer by tnm786 at 8:43 AM on Mar. 1, 2013

  • its actually not too bizarre. sinkholes have been occuring in florida for decades. this is just one of the first national stories on it, and it is one of the largest sinkholes ive heard of.

    Answer by tnm786 at 8:45 AM on Mar. 1, 2013

  • I hope they do find him alive. That's just scary.

    Answer by LostSoul88 at 9:11 AM on Mar. 1, 2013

  • Very sad. How horrible to feel so helpless like that.

    Answer by QuinnMae at 9:35 AM on Mar. 1, 2013

  • could you please copy the story on here? i'm having major issues with my computer right now. it's running so slow that i won't click on any links right now.

    Answer by noel1978 at 12:23 PM on Mar. 1, 2013

  • That's just tragic. We usually tend to trust the ground beneath us, if nothing else.

    Answer by Ballad at 2:46 PM on Mar. 1, 2013

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