Sinkhole at Disney World area in Florida causes building to partially collapse (Video)

By on Aug 13, 2013 in Environment, United States Comments

A massive sinkhole near Disney World this Monday, August 12 caused a three-story building to partially collapse, as in the arial footage via ABC affiliate WFTV shown below. Guests at the Summer Bay Resort in Clermont, Florida were forced to get out of their rooms for safety. Luckily, no one was injured.

Sinkhole Disney World

Part of building swallowed by sinkhole near
Disney World in Florida

Credit: WFTV via CNN

According to reports, the guests heard loud noises and cracking of windows but were able to call for help before the first building was nearly swallowed by the sinkhole. Two buildings were affected and an estimated 20 people evacuated the area, which has 24 apartments and is about 10 miles west of Walt Disney World.

Apparently, a guest called the attention of security guard Richard Shanley at around 10:30 p.m. ET on Sunday night about a window that blew. Shanley immediately reported the problem to the resort management and another window was blown away. He knocked each of the doors so that visitors can evacuate right away. A person had to break a window because the doorway has already collapsed, and he has to save his wife and their baby.

“It was just a lot of popping noise, the ceiling was coming down. I had to run literally end to end of the building to get people out. As you are running by, pieces of the building are falling down around you, so you just do what you can and get out and take care of the situation at hand,” Shanley said, who is now being hailed as a hero.

At around 3 a.m. Monday morning, about 30 percent of the building has collapsed into the latest Florida sinkhole, which was estimated to be 50 feet wide and 15 feet deep. Visitors were given another accommodation, but Lake County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Tony Cuellar told reports that another section of the villa may collapse too. The huge sinkhole was believed to have stopped growing at around 8:30 a.m., but authorities have not yet considered it as a safe place.

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Sinkhole near Disney World
Credit: WFTV via CNN



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