Giant sinkhole swallows 2 Florida homes

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Growing sinkhole forces evacuation of homes

Tobin says surrounding homes are being evacuated and that emergency management officials are heading to the scene.

Pasco County Fire and Rescue confirmed that one home had been completely destroyed and a second was at approximately 60 percent loss. Kevin Guthrie, Pasco County Assistant County Administrator, said, it has been nearly 30 years since his colleagues have seen a sinkhole this big, WFLA reported.

The sinkhole formed and destroyed the homes Friday morning. Dispatchers received a call around 7:25 a.m. ET that a boat was falling in, WFLA reported.

He said he was completely stunned at how fast the sinkhole had grown in size.

Sink Hole Update- 1 home is a complete loss.

"For citizens, our hearts break for you", he said.

"We're treating this, in essence, as a haz-mat incident", he said.

As of 12:30 p.m., 100 homes in the neighborhood were without power, deputies said.

People who live on Ocean Pines Drive say they've never seen anything like it and even officials say this sinkhole is one for the books. Within an hour, it had swallowed two houses and was still getting bigger. "The crews that were out here they've never seen anything out here like this", he said.

New photos have emerged showing the true devastation of a residential road in Florida - which was partially swallowed by a giant sinkhole this week. They often develop in Central Florida, including the Tampa area.

Officials tell us a sinkhole has opened up in this same spot before.

"It was frightening", Guthrie said. It has grown to 250 feet wide almost taking up the whole street and appears to be moving toward a lake that's close by.

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