Aug 12 Dozens of guests at a Florida resort near
Walt Disney World were evacuated early Monday, when at least two
buildings partially collapsed after a sinkhole opened on the
property's grounds, guests and resort employees said.
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Guests "heard the building popping, and they all got out,"
said a Summer Bay Resort security worker. He said the buildings
at least partially collapsed into a sinkholes.
Dora Dembley, another employee at the Clermont, Florida,
resort near Orlando, said Lake County fire officials responded
after at least two buildings on the 64-acre property were
damaged late Sunday.
"Everybody was cleared out of the buildings, so nobody got
hurt," said Dembley, who confirmed that multiple buildings were
damaged, including one whose front was sheared off and appeared
to sink into the ground.
One witness told WFTV, a local television station, that
"windows were breaking everywhere."
"One woman was sitting in the tub and the tub levitated, and
that's when she just grabbed a pair of shorts and came out ..."
guest Maggie Ghamry told the station.
She said another couple with an infant baby had to smash
through a room window after the door frame collapsed.
"It was the most ... surreal experience I never could have
imagined in my wildest dreams."
Dembley said several dozen evacuated guests were being
housed in other buildings on the property, about six miles from
Walt Disney World.
A spokesman for the Lake County Fire Department did not
immediately return a call for comment.
(Reporting by Chris Francescani; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe; ; )