Ever scrambling for more storage space, who wouldn’t want to find an extra room in their home? Perhaps Brittany Bush.
She and her husband woke up to loud noises around 4 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9. They thought somebody was breaking into their Idaho Falls, Idaho, home. But they didn’t find anything and went back to bed.
They woke up in the morning and went about their day until Brittany opened the garage.
“As I was pushing the garage door up, my right foot was stepping into the garage and just kept going down,” she told EastIdahoNews.com.
Unbeknownst to her, a better part of the garage floor was consumed by a huge sinkhole, causing the mysterious sounds.
“I was holding onto the garage door and looked down and just started screaming,” she said. “I’m like, ‘Our whole garage is sunk down!’”
This was no ordinary sinkhole though. It revealed a hidden room, furnished with shelving units still holding children’s toys, a woman’s handbag, hair curlers, and a letter.
They called an insurance agent to see if the damage would be covered by their policy.
The agent came with an engineer, who found out the garage was separated from the hidden room by only two inches of cement. The engineer was surprised the thin floor/ceiling lasted so long.
The house was built in the 1950s as a basement home with a second story added sometime later, Brittany said.
“[The room] doesn’t appear on any city or county records,” she said.
The couple thought perhaps somebody dug a bomb shelter beneath the house, but the engineer disagreed.
“He said it is definitely not a bomb shelter,” Brittany said. “He says this looks very sketchy and is wondering what the backstory is.”
The engineer also said there could be another room hidden under the house.
“They [the insurance agent and engineer] said don’t be alarmed if there is a body down there,” Brittany said. “‘We hope there’s not but if there is stop what you’re doing and call the police.’”