Monday 11 December 2017

PICTURE: Sinkhole the size of swimming pool swallows home and boat parked outside

Debris is strewn about from a partially collapsed home in Land O' Lakes, Fla. (Alessandra da Pra/Tampa Bay Times via AP)
Debris is strewn about from a partially collapsed home in Land O' Lakes, Fla. (Alessandra da Pra/Tampa Bay Times via AP)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A Florida home has been swallowed up by the ground where a previous sinkhole had been stabilised.

Officials in Pasco County said fire crews were called to the home north of Tampa after someone noticed a depression had formed under a boat parked outside a house.

The hole opened up within minutes and was the size of a small swimming pool when crews arrived. It quickly grew to over 200ft wide and 50ft, before the house and boat fell in.

Kevin Guthrie of the county's emergency management office told reporters the residents were out at work but firefighters rescued their dogs and removed some of their belongings.

He says it was "frightening" to watch the home disappear into the hole.

Property records note a sinkhole in 2012 was "stabilised". The home was sold in 2015.

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