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article imageSinkhole opens up under home, trapping one man now presumed dead

By Greta McClain     Mar 1, 2013 in Odd News
Seffner - Rescuers in Florida are attempting to reach a man trapped in a sinkhole after the hole opened up late Thursday evening, swallowing the man as he slept.
The incident began approximately 11:00 p.m. EST when the hole appeared under a home at 240 Faithway Drive in Seffner, Florida, located approximately 15 miles east of Tampa. The 36-year-old man, who is currently unidentified, became trapped under debris when a portion of his bedroom collapsed into the sinkhole that had opened up under a portion of the home.
According to ABC Action News, the man's brother attempted to pull the man out of the hole, but he too was swallowed up by the sinkhole. A Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy, who was the first to arrive on the scene, was able to pull the brother to safety. He was unable to reach the 36-year-old man. Because the hole was continuing to grow, the deputy deemed the area unsafe and evacuated the remaining members of the home. A total of five adults and one 2-year-old child were in the home when the collapse occurred.
None of the home's other residents nor the deputy were injured.
When the sinkhole first appeared, members of Bracken Engineering responded to the scene and placed listening devices and cameras inside the hole which measured 30-feet wide and 15-feet deep at the time. Authorities called off the rescue attempt at around 1:00 a.m. EST when the area around the hole continued to collapse. At approximately 4:00 a.m. officials with Bracken Engineering used radar to estimate the current size of the hole. According to CNN, officials now estimate the hole to be is approximately 100 feet in diameter. The hole had been contained within the boundaries of the home and has not extended into the yard thus far. WPTV reports the hole is believed to be as much as 50 feet deep.
The cameras and listening devices have found no signs of life. Jessica Damico, a spokeswoman for Hillsborough County fire department said the victim is believed to be dead, telling WTSP :
"It's not confirmed, but I think it's safe to presume."
Residents of homes on either side of the victim's home have been evacuated. The Red Cross is helping those residence find temporary shelter.
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