Sinkhole swallows man in bedroom
UPDATE: Crews plan to begin demolishing the Florida home. The demolition is expected to begin Sunday morning, a day after authorities called off the search for 37-year-old Jeff Bush. He is presumed dead by authorities.
Rescuers decided that they couldn't continue searching for him because the unstable house sitting over the hole is too dangerous.
The crew will try pulling part of the house away from the sinkhole intact so some of the residents' keepsakes can be retrieved.
SEFFNER, Fla. (AP) Florida authorities say a sinkhole that has swallowed the bedroom of Tampa-area house with a man in it is likely to grow.
The soil around the house is very soft. The hole, now about 25 feet deep and 30 feet across, opened in seconds last night under Jeff Bush's bedroom. A dresser and the TV set vanished down the hole, along with most of Bush's bed. He's presumed dead. Officials lowered equipment into the sinkhole and saw no signs of life.
Jeremy Bush says he jumped in the hole but couldn't find his brother. Four others in the house weren't injured. They said it sounded like a car had crashed into the house.
A county administrator says the home is "seriously unstable.'' No one can go in the home because officials are afraid of another collapse and losing more lives.
Florida is highly prone to sinkholes because there are caverns below ground of limestone, a porous rock that easily dissolves in water. A 1981 sinkhole near Orlando grew to 400 feet across and devoured five sports cars, most of two businesses, a three-bedroom house and the deep end of an Olympic-size swimming pool.