Seffner sinkhole continues to grow, neighboring home now in danger


Crews have called off the rescue mission for Jeff Bush.  They say it is just too dangerous and there is no hope of finding him alive.  Recent estimates are that the hole is now 50 to 60 feet deep.  

Engineers said during a 5pm news conference that the ground is still too unstable and the house could collapse.  

Demolition of the house will start Sunday morning.


Engineers and rescue crews are back at the scene of Thursday night's sinkhole.

They tested the ground and deemed a neighboring home is now in danger.

Ronnie Ramirez with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said Saturday that the green house next to the sinkhole that swallowed the inside of a Seffner family's home, leaving one man missing and presumed dead, is now in jeopardy.

The family was given 20 to 30 minutes to go inside and gather up essential belongings.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue escorted the family into the home.

A home to the other side of the sinkhole has also been evacuated.

Work resumed Saturday morning at 7a.m. to locate Jeff Bush.

He was in his bed late Thursday night when the ground opened up below the home, taking the floor and the bed with it.  His brother, Jeremy Bush, desperately tried digging in the dirt to help his brother, but when deputies arrived, they had to rescue Jeremy.

On Friday, Larry Madrid from Madrid Engineering Group said the slopes of the hole are extremely steep and it was slowly growing.

Estimates put measurements of the sinkhole at 30 feet wide by 20 feet deep.

An impromptu memorial of flowers for the family is now in the front yard of the house across the street.

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