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New Florida Sinkhole Opens Between Homes, Fourth in Weeks

By Kelly Ni
Epoch Times Staff
Created: March 25, 2013 Last Updated: March 27, 2013
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A fourth sinkhole in Hillsborough County of Seffner, Florida, forced families to evacuate their homes on March 28. Seffner is the same town where a sinkhole killed Jeff Bush and swallowed his bedroom February 28.

A new sinkhole opened up between two houses in Hillsborough County of Seffner, Florida. (Screenshot by Kelly Ni/Epoch Times)

A new sinkhole opened up between two houses in Hillsborough County of Seffner, Florida. (Screenshot by Kelly Ni/Epoch Times)

The new sinkhole is estimated to measure 8 feet wide and 10 feet deep and is located between two homes on Lake Shore Ranch Drive.

It was discovered when Gabriella Pazmino, an 11-year-old girl, was standing next to an ice cream truck with her friends. She took a closer look at the hole and then told her dad about it, ABC News reports.

The Hillsborough County Fire Rescue crews and code officials are keeping on eye on the sinkhole, reports WFLA.com.

No one has been injured and no structural damage has been reported, but residents are worried their home is next, according to ABC.

The new sinkhole is roughly 1.5 miles from the estimated 60-foot deep sinkhole that opened on February 28 at 240 Faithway Drive in Seffner, which killed Jeff Bush in his bedroom when he was swallowed by the sinkhole.

In a matter of weeks, 4 sinkholes within a 10 mile radius of one another has opened up in Hillsborough County. (Screenshot by Kelly Ni/Epoch Times)

In a matter of weeks, 4 sinkholes within a 10 mile radius of one another has opened up in Hillsborough County. (Screenshot by Kelly Ni/Epoch Times)

That sinkhole has since been filled with 4 truckloads of cement slab and concrete, and the house has been  demolished. Jeff Bush’s body was never recovered from the sinkhole.

On March 4, another sinkhole was discovered on the block of 1200 Cedar Tree Lane in Seffner under a fence between two houses. It measured roughly 12 feet wide and 5 feet deep. No one was injured, but the sinkhole destroyed the fence.

Ana Marie Serna is the owner of one of the houses on Cedar Tree Lane. WFLA news reported that she remembered hearing about a filled in sinkhole the previous owners had taken care of. She was not shocked about the sinkhole in her yard.

Another resident told WFLA that one resident said inspectors told her family that her home sits over multiple sinkholes.

The new sinkhole on Lake Shore Ranch Drive is roughly 3 miles from that sinkhole, and roughly 10 miles from a small sinkhole that opened at 7203 Trinity Place in Tampa on March 5.

The smaller sinkhole measured 1 foot wide and 5 feet deep, according to WFLA.

Hillsborough County government has a special web page for concerns and reports of sinkholes. It reports that the county staff will follow up any sinkhole report within 24 hours. 

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