Sinkhole in Pasco County swallowing houses; began as pool-sized hole

Sinkhole swallows two homes and boat in Florida and continues to grow; 10 homes evacuated

Video shows the home collapsing into the hole.

Pasco County spokesman Doug Tobin says emergency management officials are heading to the scene. However, within minutes the entire home, which was located at 21835 Ocean Pines Drive in Lake Padgett Estates, was completely destroyed.

Firefighters were able to get two dogs out of the home and retrieve some belongings before the first home started collapsing into the quickly-expanding hole.

The firefighters went to the home but no one was there, the residents had already left to go to work.

The sinkhole then swallowed the home.




"At this point in time, we will continue to make and maintain about a 200-foot perimeter off the edge of this particular sinkhole", Guthrie said.

The local energy company has cut off electricity to the area as a precaution, according to ABC Action News.

As of 8:23 a.m., the sinkhole expanded and reached the roadway.

The Red Cross will be assisting evacuated residents.

Guthrie, the assistant county administrator for public safety, said that the sinkhole opened up where a previous sinkhole had been stabilized in the past. The home was sold in 2015.

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