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Family evacuates after floor buckles in Tampa home

TAMPA — A family watching television Monday night saw their living room floor buckle and fled for fear of a sinkhole.

Tampa Fire Rescue responded about 7:30 p.m. to the home at 2103 W Sligh Ave., west of Lowry Park Zoo. The agency could not confirm a sinkhole, but said there was a shifting in the floor.

The family left the home, but neighbors were not evacuated. One of the neighbors. Marietta Gregory, said she initially thought the commotion outside was because of a car wreck.

"I was all shook up," Gregory said. "I called my pastor, and we have a pray chain at church he put me on, so I feel better now."

Gregory had never heard of a sinkhole in her neighborhood.

"They haven't told us we need to move out or anything," she said. "We'll just keep our ears open."

Police said an insurance company told the family nine months ago they lived on a sinkhole pocket, but no action was taken at the time. The five adults and two children who left the home Monday were being helped by the Red Cross. They will have to get an inspection of the home before they can go back, police said.

Property records show the one-story house was built in 1955. A a hole was not visible from outside the home Monday night. But yellow police tape surrounded it to keep people off the property.

Family evacuates after floor buckles in Tampa home 11/25/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 8:54am]
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