(Image source: WTSP)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

A Tampa-area man is feared dead after the ground below him basically swallowed him alive while he was sleeping.

VIA WTTE: “Authorities say right after the ground started to give way in his home, the man's brother frantically tried to keep him from sinking into the hole. The brother was saved by a first responder...”

VIA WJXT: “We know the name of the man inside -- Jeffrey Bush. When help first arrived on the scene, a deputy saw Bush's brother trying to rescue him, but he wasn't able to.”

The sinkhole that opened below his bedroom is believed to be about 100 feet wide — and rescue efforts had to be put on hold when officials determined the house too unstable.  (VIDEO VIA WAWS)

That means rescuers can’t go inside, and WTSP suggests unfortunately, that means potentially more bad news for the man trapped inside.  

“They’ve sent in listening devices and a couple of cameras, fed them down into that sinkhole. All they could hear were sounds of the house wrenching and collapsing. They could not pick up any sounds from the man himself.”

Though there hadn’t been any signs of a looming sinkhole, CNN reports they’re not uncommon in Florida, since the state sits on a bedrock of carbonate rock, which acidic groundwater can eat into.

A 2-year-old child and four other people had been in the home, though they managed to escape. Nearby homes have been evacuated. We’ll continue to follow this story.

Man Feared Dead After Sinkhole Swallows Bedroom

by Christina Hartman
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Mar 1, 2013

Man Feared Dead After Sinkhole Swallows Bedroom

(Image source: WTSP)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

A Tampa-area man is feared dead after the ground below him basically swallowed him alive while he was sleeping.

VIA WTTE: “Authorities say right after the ground started to give way in his home, the man's brother frantically tried to keep him from sinking into the hole. The brother was saved by a first responder...”

VIA WJXT: “We know the name of the man inside -- Jeffrey Bush. When help first arrived on the scene, a deputy saw Bush's brother trying to rescue him, but he wasn't able to.”

The sinkhole that opened below his bedroom is believed to be about 100 feet wide — and rescue efforts had to be put on hold when officials determined the house too unstable.  (VIDEO VIA WAWS)

That means rescuers can’t go inside, and WTSP suggests unfortunately, that means potentially more bad news for the man trapped inside.  

“They’ve sent in listening devices and a couple of cameras, fed them down into that sinkhole. All they could hear were sounds of the house wrenching and collapsing. They could not pick up any sounds from the man himself.”

Though there hadn’t been any signs of a looming sinkhole, CNN reports they’re not uncommon in Florida, since the state sits on a bedrock of carbonate rock, which acidic groundwater can eat into.

A 2-year-old child and four other people had been in the home, though they managed to escape. Nearby homes have been evacuated. We’ll continue to follow this story.

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