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Others Buildings Near Clermont Sinkhole Being Tested

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release
By: KYLE HIGHTOWER

CLERMONT, Fla. (AP) -- An official at a resort near Orlando, Fla., where a 100-foot sinkhole has swallowed part of a villa has said he's awaiting the results of inspections to determine if there's been damage to two other buildings there.

Summer Bay Resort President Paul Caldwell says that before Sunday night, there had been no signs a sinkhole was developing. He says the resort underwent geological testing when it was built about 15 years ago, showing the ground to be stable.

By early Monday, nearly a third of the structure at the resort had collapsed. All 105 guests staying in the villa were evacuated, as were those in the neighboring buildings. No injuries were reported. The villa, with 24 three-story units, was reported as a total loss.


Associated Press Release
By: ALMA RODRIGUEZ

CLERMONT, Fla. (AP) -- A sinkhole has caused a villa at a central Florida resort to partially collapse while another section of it is sinking.

Lake County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Tony Cuellar says about 30 percent of the three-story villa collapsed around 3 a.m. Monday. The building had already been evacuated and no injuries have been reported.

Authorities were called to the Summer Bay Resort, which is about 10 miles west of Disney World, late Sunday where they found the building was making popping noises and windows were breaking.

Cuellar says the sinkhole is in the middle of the villa and is about 40 to 50 feet in diameter. He says authorities think it's getting deeper but can't yet tell if it's growing outward.


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