A Florida man was reported missing on Friday when a sinkhole opened underneath the bedroom of his Tampa home while he was sleeping.
According to The Associated Press, the man, a 34-year-old victim who was not named, was lying in bed when the sinkhole opened underneath his bedroom. The man’s brother said he heard a crash around 11 p.m. on Thursday and heard him screaming for help before he disappeared into the sinkhole.
"When he got there, there was no bedroom left," Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Jessica Damico told The AP. "There was no furniture. All he saw was a piece of the mattress sticking up."
The brother reportedly tried to help his brother before dialing 911.
"He basically just reacted and did what he had to do to get that person out," Lt. Donald Morris with Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office told WFLA.com.
The brother was recused from the collapsing home.
Neighbors surrounding the house with the sinkhole have been evacuated for precautionary measures.
"We put engineering equipment into the sinkhole and didn't see anything compatible with life," Damico said.
"It's the only one we've seen that opened up in this manner there is no evidence of the structure cracking or anything like that on the outside of the house,” Morris told WFLA.
Damico said the sinkhole is estimated at 30 feet across and spreads to about 100 feet below the surface.
"The entire house is on the sinkhole," Damico said.
The Fire Rescue team did not say whether the man is presumed dead.
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