Possible sinkhole leads to building collapse at Florida resort

Published On: Dec 23 2013 09:48:53 PM HST   Updated On: Aug 12 2013 03:42:15 AM HST

An apparent sinkhole has caused a villa at a Clermont resort to partially collapse while another section of it is sinking.

Lake County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Tony Cuellar said about 30 percent of the three-story villa collapsed around 3 a.m. Monday.

Images: Building collapses into possible sinkhole

Authorities were called to the Summer Bay Resort on U.S. Highway 192 late Sunday where they found the building was making popping noises and windows were breaking.

"I was walking into the room and I head 'bang, bang, bang' and glass breaking," said resort guest Maggie Tamry. "And I ran back to the car and I told my family, we have three toddlers with us, 'Jump in the car, I have a bad feeling.' I thought someone was getting into an altercation."

Cuellar said the hole is in the middle of the villa and is about 40 to 50 feet in diameter. He says authorities think it's getting deeper but can't yet tell if it's growing outward.

The president of Summer Bay Resort Paul Caldwell said 48 units had to be evacuated, but that no injuries have been reported.

There are 900 units on the property. Displaced guests were moved to other units on site.

A geotechnical team has been called to the resort to assess the sinkhole.


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