Hole opens at site of 2013 sinkhole that swallowed FL man

The sinkhole opened in Seffner Aug. 19, 2015. (Photo courtesy: WFLA)

SEFFNER, FL (WFLA/WLNS) — The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says a sinkhole has opened in the same place where a 2013 sinkhole swallowed a Florida home, killing Jeffrey Bush as he slept in his bedroom.

Crews were never able to retrieve Bush’s body and the home in Seffner was demolished a short time after. The land has been cleared before the sinkhole opened Wednesday morning.

The hole that opened Wednesday morning is reportedly 17 feet in diameter and 20 feet deep.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue crews and the sheriff’s office responded to the scene Wednesday morning, as well as code enforcement to assess the situation. No surrounding homes have been evacuated.

In March 2013, 37-year-old Bush was in his bedroom when the earth opened and swallowed him and everything else in his room. Five other family members were in the house but escaped unharmed.

Bush’s brother, Jeremy, jumped into the hole to try to help, but he had to be rescued himself by a sheriff’s deputy. Bush’s body was never recovered.

Authorities leveled the sinkhole site demolishing Bush’s home and two nearby houses.


The original version of this story was first posted on WFLA.com.

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