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Sinkhole opens under house, man disappears

  • Other homes in Seffner, Florida, area have been evacuated
  • Hole still growing as man who fell in is presumed dead
Brandon, Florida - a sinkhole opened underneath a bedroom in this home. One man is now missing.

His brother frantically tried to save him, but a 36-year-old man was sucked into a sinkhole that formed under his house in Seffner, Florida, late Thursday, and he hasn't been seen since.

A deputy pulled the brother back from the edge and now it's too dangerous for rescuers. The sinkhole just keeps growing.

"I heard a loud crash, like a car coming through the house," Jeremy Bush told HLN affiliate WFTS. "I heard my brother screaming and I ran back there and tried going inside his room, but my old lady turned the light on and all I seen was this big hole, a real big hole, and all I saw was his mattress."

Thursday night HLN affiliate WTSP reporter Andre Senior tweeted:

At last report the hole was 20 feet to 30 feet across and may be 30 feet deep. Listening devices and cameras were sent down, but there were no signs of life. What started as a rescue mission has now turned into a body recovery operation.

Other homes in the neighborhood east of Tampa have been evacuated. Hillsborough County is part of an area known as "sinkhole alley" that accounts for two-thirds of the sinkhole-related insurance claims in the state, according to a Florida state Senate Insurance and Banking Committee report.

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