Sinkhole swallows 2 homes in Pasco County

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Depression forces Lake O' Lakes neighborhood to evacuate

A 200-foot sinkhole opened up under a home in Land O'Lakes, Florida early Friday morning, causing one home to be nearly entirely swallowed, another partially destroyed, and a neighborhood-wide evacuation.

After the home collapsed, the only thing that was visible was it's roof and a side wall.

"For the most part, they lost everything", said Pasco County Rescue Fire Chief Shawn Whited.

The hole is the size of a small pool, and a boat has fallen in near 21835 Ocean Pines Drive, officials report.

Firefighters were able to get two dogs out of the home and retrieve some belongings before the first home started collapsing into the quickly-expanding hole. The residents had already left the home to go to work. A secondary structure is now impacted as the hole continues to grow.

The sinkhole is threatening other homes in the area. "This is something we've never seen before", he said.

Officials say there is concern that the sinkhole could merge into a nearby lake.

As of 8:23 a.m., the sinkhole expanded and reached the roadway.

Authorities said they voluntarily evacuated 11 residences in the area. The home last sold in 2015, according to records.

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