According to a report in the New York Daily News, a 36-year-old man in Tampa, Florida lost his life this week when a large crater opened up under the bedroom of his home. According to a local fire official, there was no furniture left in the bedroom after the ground caved in, taking the resident and his belongings down into a dark and deep sinkhole.
Engineers worked in front of the home to try and drill down. The brother of the man who was victim to the accident says that he screamed for help before he vanished into the earth. The brother says that he heard a very loud crash around 11 p.m. on Thursday evening and heard his brother screaming loudly for help.
The brother says that he ran to the bedroom and tried to jump in the hole, but he was quickly swallowed up in dirt and a rescue crew had to pull him to safety. Supposedly, the earth beneath the home collapsed, swallowing him suddenly. Neighbors have been evacuated from their nearby homes just in case the sinkhole would widen.
While the man has not been declared dead, he was not found when an engineering team came to the scene and probed into the hole. The sink hole is an estimated 30 feet across, but officials say that it spreads about 100 feet below the surface and that the entire house is set on the sinkhole.
This may be considered a real estate lawsuit, because the real estate agent who sold the family the house may have known about the dangers of the sinkhole. If someone is to blame, then they should be held accountable for the wrongful death of this Floridian. If you have been injured in a similar accident or a property danger caused you to lose a loved one, then you need to contact a New York personal injury attorney at Jeff Shapiro Law today to assist you in seeking compensation.