Sinkhole swallows swimming pool at Winter Park home

by Michael Mosher on October 7, 2013

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WINTER PARK — 

A sinkhole opened up in the backyard of a home in Winter Park Monday night, swallowing half of the swimming pool and forcing the family to evacuate.

The home is located in the 2300 block of Roxbury Road, not far from Killarney Elementary School, near the I-4 and Fairbanks Avenue intersection.

Orange County Fire Rescue said the sinkhole, which is about 30 feet deep and 40 to 50 feet wide, swallowed half a swimming pool and all the water that was inside this pool drained out.

Homeowner Suzanne Blumenauer says she was told by county inspectors to evacuate because the house was not safe to live in.

They said it’s also threatening the home next door.

Other neighbors were put on standby and are worried.

“It definitely concerns me, but there is not much I can do until someone knocks on my door and lets me know ‘hey, it might not be safe. You might want to evacuate.’ I hope it doesn’t come, but you never know. I’ve got my fingers crossed,” said neighbor James Russo.

Neighbors said there was drilling and construction work in the area.

Orange County officials said construction work nearby was not to blame for the sinkhole, but they did not determine what was.

They said the homeowner must determine that with a geological expert and her insurance company. 

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