Florida man missing after sinkhole collapses part of home

Published On: Mar 11 2013 06:07:43 AM HST   Updated On: Mar 01 2013 05:58:02 AM HST

A Florida man has not been heard from since a sinkhole collapsed part of his home overnight near Tampa.

The sinkhole opened up underneath a home in Brandon. A man in his 30s was sleeping in his bedroom when the hole swallowed part of the structure.

The man is presumed dead, according to officials. Rescuers will likely launch a recovery mission when officials deem it safe enough to do so.

Authorities said the man’s brother tried to pull him from the rubble. A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputy then joined in, but both attempts were unsuccessful.

Deputies said three other adults and a 2-year-old child were in the home when the collapse began. They were able to safely escape.

The sinkhole quickly grew to about 100 feet wide and 50 feet deep behind the home, according to officials. Several nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution.

Engineers condemned the home and said it was unsafe for rescuers to conduct any type of search. The house was last inspected in August and showed no signs of trouble, according to investigators at the scene.

The engineering firm was able to drop cameras and audio equipment into the hole, but so far, no contact was made with the man inside.

Images: Sinkhole opens up underneath home


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