A living nightmare unfolded Thursday for one Tampa family-- a sinkhole swallowed a man as his brother desperately tried to save him. Just three days later, 36-year-old Jeff Bush is presumed dead and his Florida home must be demolished.
The massive (and expanding) hole under Bush's bedroom stands at 20 feet wide and 50 to 60 feet deep-- and could cause the Seffner, Florida house to collapse at any time.
Workers began the process of tearing down Jeff Bush's home today. It’s a tedious but necessary task that Hillsborough County administrator Mike Merrill says may take a few days. First, the construction workers took out some of the family’s belongings, because it is too dangerous for them to go inside. Shoes, a dresser and pillows littered the streets as the family waits to sort through their items.
Bay News 9 reporter Josh Gauntt joined Weekend Express to offer some insight about the scene firsthand. He described seeing some of the family members falling to the ground as the excavator broke through the roof.
Saturday night, local officials called off the search for Jeff Bush, noting that recovering the body wasn't even an option given the conditions.