Hole the size of a small pool opens in Florida neighborhood

After the home collapsed, the only thing that was visible was it's roof and a side wall.

Kevin Guthrie of the county's emergency management office told reporters the residents were out at work but firefighters rescued their dogs and removed some of their belongings.

At 7:25 a.m. on Friday, 911 dispatchers received a call about a boat that was falling into a hole that had formed at 21835 Ocean Pine Drive in Land O' Lakes.

By the time firefighters arrived at the house, the hole was about the size of a swimming pool and growing.

Officials said a secondary structured has been impacted as the depression grows.

In states where sinkholes are common, tests and surveys are available that can determine if one is likely to develop on a home site. "This is something we've never seen before", he said.

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

At this time, about 100 homes are without power.

Authorities said they voluntarily evacuated 11 residences in the area.

Officials say there is concern that the sinkhole could merge into a nearby lake.

The Red Cross will be assisting evacuated residents. The home last sold in 2015, according to records.


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