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Tampa Man Vanishes into Sinkhole Under His Bedroom: VIDEO


How terrifying. A Tampa man was pulled into a sinkhole that opened under his bedroom  overnight and hasn't been seen since, WFLA reports:

The 36-year-old man's brother told rescue crews he heard a loud crash around 11 p.m. Thursday, then heard his brother screaming for help.

"When he got there, there was no bedroom left," Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Jessica Damico said. "There was no furniture. All he saw was a piece of the mattress sticking up."

The brother called 911 and frantically tried to help his brother. An arriving deputy pulled the brother from the still-collapsing house. There's been no contact with the man since then and neighbors on both sides of the Brandon home have been evacuated.

"We put engineering equipment into the sinkhole and didn't see anything compatible with life," Damico said. But Damico would not say that the man is presumed dead.

Watch a raw news report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. O_o

    Posted by: Thomas | Mar 1, 2013 8:59:30 AM

  2. I remember years ago when a whole house in Orlando went down a sinkhole with a woman in it. She was standing at the window looking out at the police and firemen, and there wasn't a thing they could do.

    Posted by: John Conolley | Mar 1, 2013 9:19:24 AM

  3. Poltergeist!

    Posted by: Pedro | Mar 1, 2013 9:22:46 AM

  4. I'm sitting in my living room now, terrified...How the hell can you find out if your house is over a sinkhole? Is there some sort of ground test you can do?

    Posted by: lucas | Mar 1, 2013 9:35:22 AM

  5. @Kucas,

    How do you know your home isn't built over some old sacred Indian burial ground? Sink-holes, Indian burial grounds, it's scary out there.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 1, 2013 9:37:40 AM

  6. Kucas? Sorry,LUCAS.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 1, 2013 9:38:20 AM

  7. REPENT!!! (I can hear the Southern Baptists now)

    Posted by: jtramon | Mar 1, 2013 9:48:45 AM

  8. A girl here at work already sd that Satan took this guy to Hell. LOL Terrifying!!

    Posted by: AJ | Mar 1, 2013 10:08:44 AM

  9. AJ of course she did, why didn't I think of that? The superstitious imbeciles of nonsense surround us like a billowing sea in every direction, it's so depressing.

    What a shocking story.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Mar 1, 2013 11:05:22 AM

  10. AJ--I was ready to ask when Pat Robertson would weigh in with exactly that comment.
    Of course, PR might tie it to the Papa Emeritus. And THAT might be a valid connect, since Benedict has surely offended against the Holy Spirit that supposedly guided his election. So many events are part of a seamless web....

    Posted by: gregorybrown | Mar 1, 2013 11:06:06 AM

  11. Oh great. Now I have a picture in my head of an anus opening up and swallowing my house.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 1, 2013 12:36:07 PM

  12. OMG. It's like that death cab for cutie video.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Mar 1, 2013 1:52:37 PM

  13. He needed a stronger house. I guess the ground floor had no joists.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 1, 2013 3:47:50 PM

  14. A man is presumed dead and all you guys can say to comment are tackless jokes? Maybe you all should "repent". What a horrible tragedy. My sympathies to his brother and family.

    Posted by: graphicjack | Mar 1, 2013 6:10:00 PM

  15. We're southern. We're not making tactless jokes... we're whistling past the graveyard.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 1, 2013 7:52:06 PM

  16. What did the sinkhole say to the man in the house?

    Posted by: Scott | Mar 2, 2013 7:33:47 PM

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