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Seffner biggest sinkhole is now filled and stirring emotions

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SEFFNER, FL -

Crews are finished demolishing the house and filling up the sinkhole that killed a man last week in Seffner.  Nothing is left where the house once stood.

Neighbors and family members have watched the work from across the street for days.

"It's been like something you seen on t.v. or in the movies," said neighbor, Ricky Arey. "It's not something you live."

Tragically, the sinkhole killed Jeff Bush and made his house uninhabitable last Thursday.

Authorities say it was way too dangerous to try to get Jeff Bush's body out and they didn't want to put anybody else in harm's way.  Jeff's brother, Jeremy Bush, has questioned whether authorities did enough to save him, or retrieve his remains.

But neighbor George Kloiber said he trusts the experts' opinions.

"To Jeffrey Bush, rest in peace, that's all we can say," said Kloiber.  "My heart bleeds for the family, and it's hard, but you can't risk the lives of others."

The county had estimated the sinkhole may have been as deep as 60 feet.  Willie Puz, a spokesperson for Hillsborough County said the ground has been stabilized by four truck loads of gravel, and there's no risk of further collapse right now.

The demolition process was slow because the crews were careful to remove the family heirlooms from the sight: the Bible, the American flag from the roof, a china cabinet.

Officials told us, they found two antique riffles the family members asked them to search for, and returned them to the family.  It is now filled with sand and gravel.

With the sinkhole at 240 Faithway Drive filled, the neighbor houses still stand vacant. Authorities will determine if they need to be condemned as well.

Arey said his home has been tested to make sure it's safe, but he still feels uneasy.

"I'm not a geological guy," he said. "I don't know this stuff, but to just put rocks in that hole, I'm not sure what that's accomplishing."

Buddy Wicker, who owns the property on which the sinkhole home once stood, said he and his family will never live on the land again.

"I don't know what the mortgage company is going to want to do with the land," Wicker said. "I don't want nothing to do with it."

He said he thinks it is a good idea to make this land a memorial park for Jeff Bush. Jeremy Bush would like it for his mother to have a place to come to remember his brother.

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