Man Presumed Dead after Sinkhole Appears Under Bedroom

March 1, 2013Galina Tishchenko


A man was missing early Friday after a large sinkhole opened under the bedroom of a house near Tampa. His brother says the man screamed for help before he disappeared.

Jeremy Bush told rescue crews he heard a loud crash around 11 p.m. Thursday, then heard his brother Jeff screaming for help.

“When he got there, there was no bedroom left,” Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Jessica Damico said. “There was no furniture. All he saw was a piece of the mattress sticking up.”

Damico said that at the surface, she estimates the sinkhole is about 30 feet across but officials say the sinkhole spreads to about 100 feet across below the surface.

“The entire house is on the sinkhole,” Damico said.

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