Sinkhole engulfs part of Florida resort near Disney World

By Arturo Garcia
Monday, August 12, 2013 10:11 EDT
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Sinkhole swallows up part of Florida resort villa [AP]
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Guests at a resort villa near Walt Disney World in Florida were forced to evacuate after a sinkhole began swallowing up the three-story building, splitting it into two sections.

The Associated Press reported on Monday that the sinkhole, which developed around 3 a.m. Monday morning, sunk about 30 percent of the building at the Summer Bay Resort in Clermont, Florida. Authorities estimated it to be between 40 and 50 feet in diameter. All 20 guests staying in the villa at the time were accounted for and uninjured.

“I started walking toward where they were at and you could see the building leaning,” another resort guest, Luis Perez, told the AP. “You could see a big crack at the base of the building.”

The sinkhole was reported just over five months after one appeared in Brandon, Florida, nearly 70 miles away. That hole is blamed for the death of 36-year-old Brandon Bush, who was not recovered after being swallowed into the hole.

Watch aerial video of the latest sinkhole, posted by the AP on Monday, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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