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Sinkhole home demolished

Monday, March 04, 2013 - 01:16

March 4 - Demolition crews tear down a home in Florida where a sinkhole opened underneath a bedroom and swallowed a man asleep in his bed. Sarah Charlton reports.

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A house is demolished in Florida, where a man is presumed dead after falling through a sinkhole that opened underneath his bedroom. Jeff Bush was in bed on Thursday (February 28) when he vanished into the hole that's around 60 foot (18 metres) deep. Efforts to locate him failed, and rescue workers have abandoned hope he's alive. Jeff 's brother Jeremy, who also lived at the house, is frustrated that more can't be done. SOUNDBITE: (English) BROTHER OF VICTIM JEREMY BUSH SAYING: "I tried. I keep asking the police looking for him to do something. They have this big equipment and this arm hangs out over the hole, why can't somebody be harnessed up like they was before on that equipment and try to rescue him. My mom and dad are going through hell right now. My mom waking up every hour on the hour crying in bed. She's going through hell. No one ever wants to bury their kid before they go and I love my mom and dad with all my heart and I just want my mom and dad to know that I love you and I tried to save him, your son. I tried my hardest." Workers will begin stabilizing the sinkhole once the house is demolished. Two nearby properties have been evacuated and officials warn the residents may never be able to return.

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Sinkhole home demolished

Monday, March 04, 2013 - 01:16