Thursday, January 18, 2018
Public safety

Sinkhole fears unfounded at Palm Harbor home

PALM HARBOR — With headlines about the Seffner sinkhole that opened up and swallowed a man dominating the news, that danger was foremost on the mind of an 88-year-old woman who woke up and found her kitchen tiles askew.

The Palm Harbor woman also noticed some cracks in her wall, so she called 911.

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue officials responded to the home at 114 Harbor Drive, along with a Pinellas County building inspector. They evacuated the woman, and her two neighbors, as a precaution.

However, after fire officials and a Pinellas County building inspector investigated, they found no evidence that a sinkhole had opened under the house.

The damage was likely caused instead by floor tiles abruptly separating from the concrete beneath them, according to Palm Harbor district fire chief Dan Zinge.

"It does not appear to be a sinkhole at this time," Zinge said.

Zinge said officials had determined it was safe for the woman to return to her house today.

"She's quite shaken up," he said.

The woman's insurance company will send a structural engineer out to do a more thorough evaluation, Zinge said.

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