Sinkhole Home Being Demolished, Rescuers Give Up

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
March 3 2013 10:29 AM

Florida Sinkhole Home Being Demolished as Rescuers Give Up

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The Florida home where Jeff Bush was consumed by a sinkhole while lying in bed Thursday night

Photo by Edward Linsmier/Getty Images

A crew began what will be a long process to demolish the Florida home three days after a man was swallowed by a giant sinkhole that opened up under his bedroom. On Saturday, officials gave up any hope of recovering the body of 37-year-old Jeff Bush, saying that continuing rescue efforts was putting the life of workers at risk. The hole under Bush’s bedroom, which measures some 20 feet wide and 60 feet deep, is still expanding and the home could collapse, reports CNN.

Officials will attempt to knock down the house Sunday and then on Monday clear the area as much as possible so the sinkhole can be seen in the open and stabilized, reports the Associated Press. Two neighboring homes were forced to evacuate and likely won’t return because soil samples showed the ground beneath the homes had been compromised, notes the Orlando Sentinel.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.

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