August 29, 2014
SEFFNER, Fla. (AP) - Emergency officials in Hillsborough County, Florida, say a slowly growing sinkhole has compromised a second Tampa-area home.
Thursday night, the sinkhole swallowed part of the house next door along with a man inside it.
Engineers are doing further tests today to assess the extent of the danger. Experts say there's a lot of limestone in that part of central Florida, making it prone to sinkholes.
Thirty-seven-year-old Jeff Bush was in his bedroom Thursday night when the earth opened and took him and everything else in his room. Devices lowered into the hole didn't detect signs of life.
Five other people were in the house but managed to escape unharmed. Bush's brother jumped into the hole to try to help, but he had to be rescued himself by a sheriff's deputy.
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