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Sinkhole swallows home in Florida

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A large sinkhole opened up below homes in Land O'Lakes, Florida. A large sinkhole opened up below homes in Land O'Lakes, Florida.

A Florida home was swallowed up by the ground where a previous sinkhole had been stabilized.
    
Officials in Pasco County say the hole was the size of a small swimming pool when crews arrived Friday morning, but it quickly grew to over 200 feet (60 meters) wide and 50 feet (15 meters) deep. By 9:30 a.m. the home had fallen into the sinkhole.
    
Kevin Guthrie of the county's emergency management office told reporters the residents weren't home but firefighters rescued their dogs and removed some of their belongings.
    
He says it was "frightening" to watch the home disappear into the hole.
    
Property records note a sinkhole confirmed in 2012 as "stabilized." The home was sold in 2015.
    
11:37 a.m.
    
A sinkhole that started out the size of a small swimming pool and continued to grow has swallowed a home in Florida and severely damaged another.
    
Pasco County Fire Chief Shawn Whited said during a news conference that crews were called to the home north of Tampa about 7:30 a.m. Friday after someone noticed a depression had formed under a boat parked outside a house. Within minutes, he says, "the hole opened up."
    
Whited says the residents had left for work, but firefighters rescued two dogs and retrieved some of the home's belongings. By 8:30 a.m., part of the house collapsed. An hour later, the sinkhole had swallowed most of the home and a portion of the one next door.
    
County building officials have deemed about 10 homes unsafe and say more may be affected.
    
The Tampa Bay Times reports Duke Energy has cut power to about 100 homes in the neighborhood.

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