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Florida Sinkhole Destroys Two Homes
DUNEDIN, Fla. (WKRC) -- A sinkhole claims two homes near Tampa, Florida. The hole is about 100 feet wide and 50 feet deep. One family got out of their house just in time.
The sinkhole was only about 12 feet wide when firefighters first arrived on the scene.
It eventually grew big enough to swallow up a boat and the back porch of a house and then a bedroom and the pool of the house next door.
Michael Dupre says his frightened daughter woke him up shortly before 6 a.m. on Thursday. At first they thought someone was breaking in, but it wasn't a burglar it was parts of his home collapsing into a massive crater, "and as I approach the back of the house, I see our screen room just sticking out 3 feet off the ground, so I knew instantly, ok, something opened up."
Dupre has actually known there was a sinkhole under his house for two years. Because of disagreements with his insurance company, he says, work to shore up the home only started three days ago.
The Dupres say they feel lucky to be alive. The Dupres have not been allowed back in their home and they never will. Their house and the one next door have both been condemned. Crews are already demolishing it and have started to fill in the hole with dirt.