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Florida sinkhole causes building collapse near Disney World

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 01:20

Aug. 12 - A Florida vacation villa collapses near Disney World, forcing dozens of guests to evacuate. Karen Hendren reports.

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A sinkhole forced the collapse of a portion of a Florida resort villa - just minutes from Disney World. Fire officials say another section of the villa is slowly sinking. About 30 percent of the three-story structure in the Summer Bay Resort collapsed at about 3 AM Monday. Resort officials said dozens of families had already been evacuated and no injuries were reported. Summer Bay Resort President Paul Caldwell said residents started hearing cracking sounds coming from the building and windows began to break at about 10:30 Sunday night. "One of our guests reported a window crackout. Our security came right to the scene, assessed the situation and evacuated the residents from 48 of our units." (Unidentified Guest Saying:) "We walked through that archway to go to the kids' waterpark earlier today at 6 o'clock. And now, those two buildings have concaved into one another. The archway is gone. Our floor is 50 feet underground." Local media reports the sinkhole to be about 50 feet -- or 15 meters wide ... and at least 15 feet ...or 4 and a half meters deep. Resort officials say that 48 of the units are probably a total loss.

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Florida sinkhole causes building collapse near Disney World

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 01:20