Florida sinkhole swallows up man in his bedroom

Posted at 11:50 AM, Mar 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-01 11:50:22-05
Florida sinkhole

A sinkhole in this Florida house swallowed a man whole. (CNN Newsource)

A Florida man is grief-stricken after a sinkhole suddenly opened under his brother’s bedroom and swallowed him whole.

Tampa fire officials say the victim yelled for his brother, but his brother wasn’t able to rescue him.

His brother wants the search to continue, even though monitoring equipment lowered by engineers detected no signs of life.

“I heard a loud crash, like a car coming through the house,” the brother, Jeremy Bush, told WFTS. “I heard my brother screaming and I ran back there and tried going inside his room, but my old lady turned the light on and all I seen was this big hole, a real big hole, and all I saw was his mattress.”

Authorities fear the hole’s still growing and could swallow the house at any time. Nearby homes have been evacuated.

Florida sinkhole

A sticker warns the house is compromised. (CNN Newsource)