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Hillsborough homeowner says insurance companies won't pay to fix sinkhole

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Josephina Sosa says insurance companies won't pay to fix a sinkhole on her property. Josephina Sosa says insurance companies won't pay to fix a sinkhole on her property.
Josephina Sosa says insurance companies won't pay to fix a sinkhole on her property. Josephina Sosa says insurance companies won't pay to fix a sinkhole on her property.
Josephina Sosa says insurance companies won't pay to fix a sinkhole on her property. Josephina Sosa says insurance companies won't pay to fix a sinkhole on her property.
Josephina Sosa says insurance companies won't pay to fix a sinkhole on her property. Josephina Sosa says insurance companies won't pay to fix a sinkhole on her property.
Josephina Sosa says insurance companies won't pay to fix a sinkhole on her property. Josephina Sosa says insurance companies won't pay to fix a sinkhole on her property.

Josephina Sosa watched in horror as two homes collapsed into a sinkhole in Dunedin. She wondered, could her home be next?

Sosa doesn't live anywhere near the neighborhood where that sinkhole opened up. She lives in a Palm River neighborhood in Hillsborough County. Five years ago, she filed a claim with her insurance company for sinkhole damage. The company, at the time, Sunshine State Insurance hired an engineering firm which determined sinkhole damage did exist.

So why didn't the company pay to fix the problem? Sosa says the company claimed it was a pre-existing condition and Citizens Insurance is responsible.

Sosa's home is filled with cracks. Her fiberglass in-ground swimming pool has buckled and the deck around it is separating. She says doors and windows in the home do not operate correctly. All are signs of active sinkhole activity.

Related: Dunedin sinkhole coverage

Maria Barrios is a close friend, and translated for Sosa, who only speaks Spanish.

"They're disputing amongst themselves and she's in the middle of it. Citizens sold it (the policy) to Sunshine and Sunshine is saying when you gave me the contract, you already had a problem, so you fix it, and Sunshine is saying it's not my problem because you gave it to me like that. So, meanwhile, she's in the middle of the whole thing, " Said Barrios.

"She's very upset because what's happening to her is probably happening to other people and maybe they haven't noticed they have a sinkhole. And now with this whole thing in Dunedin, and the sinkhole over there has her sleepless."

Sosa has hired an attorney, and the case is currently in litigation. Because of that, a Citizen's spokesman said he could not comment on the matter.

Sunshine State Insurance sent the following response to an e-mail sent by News Channel 8.

"Since this matter is currently involved in litigation, we believe it would not be appropriate to make any statements or comments about the case."

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