Sinkhole Bedroom Video In Florida Home Reveals Dangers

12:58 PM, Apr 3, 2013   |    comments
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Seffner, FL (WTSP) -- The initial video from the fatal Seffner sinkhole showed very little sinkhole. The house on Faithway Drive stood tall, like nothing was wrong.

But a camera placed on a pole and extended through a bedroom window revealed to engineers and county officials the killer sinkhole, the gaping chasm that suddenly opened up in February taking Jeffrey Bush to his death.

10 News showed the images to Jay Silver, the President of Helicon Foundation Repair, a sinkhole repair company in Tampa.

"Now that's a scary hole," said Silver looking at the video.

For more than 10 years, Silver has seen a lot of catastrophic sinkholes and he says it was wise for people to keep their distance. 

"This is extremely dangerous, because you don't know how unstable it is. If you fell down in, you could agitate it and start it caving in more and you're sucked down the hole," said Silver, gesturing downward with his hands.

Jeremy Bush tried in vain to save his brother back on February 28. Reached by phone on Tuesday, Jeremy says the video shows a deeper cavern and that the video was difficult to watch.

"It was hard to see, hard to see now, because I still hear him calling my name, screaming for me to help him and stuff. I'm having a hard time with it, trying to deal with it... it's hard," he said.

The house is now torn down. Along with other memorials to Jeffrey Bush, bright pink letters on the sidewalk spell out "Love you and miss you Jeff."

And this sinkhole is not done with its destruction. Because of unstable ground, the county has now condemned the two houses on either side of it.

Lisa Jaudon got the word Tuesday and she's now preparing to lose her home of 21 years. "It's just a house, it's just a building; we have our lives, we have our family," she said. "Still, it's very emotional."

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