Saturday, March 2, 2013

Man Dies From Sinkhole That Appeared In His Bedroom

The victim was heard screaming for help from his brother, who was at home, before being sucked into the hole

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A man was feared dead today after a 100-foot sinkhole opened up underneath his bedroom and swallowed him.

Jeffrey Bush was heard screaming for help from his brother Jeremy, who was at home, before being sucked into the hole.

Jeremy said it took him only seconds to race to Jeffrey's room then jump into the hole, with the dirt quickly rising to neck level.

"The floor was still giving in and the dirt was still going down, but I didn't care," he said.

"He was screaming my name. I could swear I heard him hollering my name to help him.

"I wanted to save my brother. But I just couldn't do nothing."

Jeremy had to be helped out of the sinkhole himself by a cop in Tampa, Florida after the shocking incident at about 11 pm last night.

Officials lowered equipment into the sinkhole but didn't see any sign of Jeffrey.

At the surface, experts say it was about 30 feet across but below the surface it was 100 feet across.

From the outside of the small, sky blue house, nothing appeared wrong aside from the yellow police tape circling it.

Jeremy Bush's wife and his two-year-old daughter were also inside the house.

"She keeps asking where her Uncle Jeff is," he said. "I lost everything. I work so hard to support my wife and kid and I lost everything."

A fire rescue spokeswoman said when the officer arrived, there was nothing left of the bedroom.

"There was no furniture. All he saw was a piece of the mattress sticking up," she said.

Sinkholes are particularly common in Florida due to the limestone underneath the soil which can gradually dissolve in rain water.


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