Sinkhole Claims Florida Resort

Sinkhole Claims Florida Resort

Vacation News » North America Vacation News Edition | By Francys Vallecillo | August 12, 2013 9:52 AM ET

A resort outside Orlando, Florida collapsed into a 15-foot-deep sinkhole Sunday night, destroying a three-story building.

Guests of the Summer Bay Resort, located in Clermont about seven miles from Walt Disney World, had 10 to 15 minutes to escape after the 60-foot diameter sinkhole opened up, according to the Orlando Sentinel.  

"My heart sunk. I was sick to my stomach," resort president Paul Caldwell told the Sentinel. He got a call around 10:30 p.m. from his staff that the 15-year-old buildings were sinking into the ground.

Firefighters arrived at the scene to evacuate all guests from the apartments. No one was injured and guests have been relocated to other buildings on the property. The American Red Cross is on the scene to assist displaced guests. 

Sinkholes made national news in March after a Tampa-area man was swallowed in a sinkhole. A 20-foot-wide hole opened up under the house while the man was sleeping.

Florida may be the sinkhole capital of the U.S. with more sinkholes than any other state, according to CoreLogic.  

Video: Aerial Footage of Sinkhole Collapse

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