Possible sinkhole forces family out of home - WFLA News Channel 8

Possible sinkhole forces family out of home

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2103 Sligh Avenue, site of a possible sinkhole 2103 Sligh Avenue, site of a possible sinkhole

A sinkhole scare forces a family of seven out of its home. Tampa Fire Rescue crews will return to their house Tuesday to take a closer look.

"I'm really worried because there are two kids. One's 2 years old. The other is 8. They're my cousins," said Yanet Batista.

Tampa Police say the ground shifted under the home at 2103 West Sligh Ave. around 7:30 p.m. Police cannot confirm whether a sinkhole caused the movement.

Homeowner Eloy Sotto told News Channel 8, through a translator, he is sure a sinkhole is to blame. He says he was in the living room, when the floor began buckling. He told everyone to get out quick. They only had time to grab their wallets and purses.

Sotto says he noticed a crack in his wall about 9 months ago and called his insurance company. Test confirmed a sinkhole under the house, but the insurance company refused to pay for any repair work, he said.

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Tampa Fire Rescue cordoned off the home with caution tape. Red Cross volunteers put the family up in a hotel Monday night. A Tampa Fire spokesperson said crews will return with necessary equipment to examine the house Tuesday morning.

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