CLERMONT, Fla. – A sinkhole caused a section of a central Florida resort villa to partially collapse early Monday.
MyFoxOrlando.com reported that residents of the Summer Bay Resort in Clermont called 911 shortly before midnight Sunday to report loud creaking noises and breaking windows. Firefighters evacuated the building, fearing that a sinkhole was the cause of the disturbances.
At around 3 a.m. Monday, about 30 percent of the three-story structure collapsed, Lake County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Tony Cuellar told the Associated Press.
Cuellar said authorities were also concerned about another section of the villa, which was sinking.
As of early Monday morning, the sinkhole was estimated as being 60 feet in diameter and around 15 feet deep. County inspectors were expected to assess the damage later Monday morning.
The villa houses 24 units and about 20 people were staying in it at the time, Cuellar said. All of the residents are accounted for, and most have been placed in nearby hotels.
A nearby villa was also evacuated as a precaution, Cuellar said.
Witnesses told The Associated Press they could hear a cracking sound as the villa began sinking. A large crack was visible at the building’s base.