Second home compromised by sinkhole

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The story of a Florida sinkhole that’s believed to have claimed one life continues on a downward spiral.

A neighboring family could lose their home.

Ronnie Rivera with the Hillsborough County Fire Department said, “We did some testing and we determined that the house right next to the house that’s actually damaged… is also compromised by the sink hole.”

The family was allowed to gather up the important stuff before being asked to split.

Officials don’t know what will happen to the house or when or if the family will be able to return.

Losing your home must be devastating, but it’s nothing compared to losing a loved one.

Late Thursday night, a sinkhole opened under Jeff Bush’s bedroom. His brother Jeremy tried to saved him, but officials say it all happened too fast.

Deputy Douglas Duval with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said, “Got Mr. Bush by his hand and pulled him out. I looked, and I saw no one else in the hole.”

Crews still haven’t been able to find Jeff because the ground is so unstable, and the sinkhole is growing.

An official said, “Until we know where it’s safe to bring the equipment, we’re really handicapped and paralyzed and can’t really do a whole lot more than sit and wait.”

Officials say they’ve never seen anything like this, but insurance claims prove otherwise. They call the area “Sinkhole Alley” because it reportedly accounts for two-thirds of the state’s sinkhole related insurance claims.

Let’s just hope this hole doesn’t claim anymore lives.