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Six years later, neighbors remember Seffner sinkhole that took the life of Jeffrey Bush

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Posted at 5:54 PM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-02 11:20:30-05

SEFFNER, Fla. — Six years ago we all woke up to the shocking news a Seffner man was swallowed up by a sinkhole that opened underneath his bed.

The body of 36-year-old Jeffrey Bush was never recovered from the sinkhole that opened up under his bed and took him down with it.

George Kloiber remembers that morning in 2013.

“It was extremely bizarre. What, was (he) the first man that died in a sinkhole in recorded history, as I think it was?,” Kloiber said.

Officials declared the area around Bush's home so unstable that they not only demolished his home, but the homes on both sides of it too.

“Is there going to be another sinkhole? Who knows where the next sinkhole is going to be," Kloiber said.

Two years later the hole opened up again. But since then, it’s been quiet here.

The entire area is fenced in and there's another fence inside surrounding the sinkhole site.

The trees now there are already more than ten feet tall and out front there is a plaque, honoring Jeffrey Bush and the other affected families.

“It looks really good. Almost looks like a nice park. Too bad we can’t go in there and play," George said.

There have been other devastating sinkholes, including one that took down part of a resort near Disney.

Then another in Land O’ Lakes that destroyed two homes.

But on Faithway Drive, George says no homeowners he knows of moved away after what happened.

“Not a soul that I can think of.”

He says he wasn’t scared of sinkholes that day in 2013, and he still isn’t.

“What do you need to be afraid of?” God is in control.”