2 Homes Demolished After Sinkhole Opens Up

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Associated Press News Release

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Demolition is underway on two homes damaged by a sinkhole that opened under a Pinellas County neighborhood.

The sinkhole was discovered early Thursday at a home owned by Michael Dupre and quickly spread to a neighboring home. Residents from five other homes were evacuated as the massive sinkhole spread throughout the day.

Officials say crews worked through the night to stabilize the hole, which eventually measured to about 90 feet in diameter. On Friday morning, more crews began the demolition process.

Some debris was removed from the homes and will be taken to another site, where homeowners may be able to recover some items.

Once the homes are demolished, crews will bring dirt to fill in the hole.

Associated Press Release

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Residents of several Florida homes have been evacuated due to a possible sinkhole that opened behind a backyard near St. Petersburg.

Dunedin Deputy Fire Chief Trip Barrs told Bay News 9 (http://bit.ly/17s9SnH ) the hole appears to be about 12-feet wide and that homes on both sides of the sinkhole have been evacuated as a precaution. Part of a patio has caved in and a boat is on the edge of the hole. The television station reports a neighboring pool appears to be cracking.

Homeowner Michael Dupre said the family heard a noise that sounded like a sledgehammer pounding on the wall Thursday morning. He says he's been concerned about a sinkhole and that a sinkhole prevention company has been pouring grout into the home's foundation over the past two days.

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