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'Sinkhole' at Tampa home turns out to be faulty tile work

TAMPA — What a family feared might be a sinkhole under their home turned out to be a shoddy tile job, according to code enforcement officials.

Residents of the single-story home at 2103 W Sligh Ave. evacuated about 7:30 p.m. Monday and phoned authorities when they noticed the living room floor buckling, officials said.

The house was blocked off with yellow tape and a sign declaring it unfit for habitation was placed on the front window.

But on Tuesday morning, Tampa code enforcement officials conducted an assessment of the house and found no evidence of a sinkhole.

Instead, they said, floor tiles inside the home were rising due to moisture underneath.

"It looks like it was just a bad tile job from years ago and it just decided to buckle," said Sal Ruggiero, city code enforcement manager.

Engineers were expected to continue assessing the house through Tuesday afternoon before the family would be allowed back, officials said.

'Sinkhole' at Tampa home turns out to be faulty tile work 11/26/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 3:51pm]
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