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Sinkhole swallows home in Florida

A 200-foot-wide sinkhole stopped growing after swallowing 2 Florida homes


Updated July 15, 2017 12:16 PM EDT

The sinkhole has stopped growing and officials said Saturday they would monitor it over the weekend before determining when cleanup can begin.

The hole has been stagnant since Friday afternoon. At 250 feet (76 meters) wide and 50 feet (15 meters) deep, it is the largest in three decades in the county, which has a history of sinkholes.

Florida authorities requested that multiple families leave their homes after a sinkhole swallowed an entire house and most of a nearby one.

The sinkhole started the size of a small swimming pool and continued to grow as time passed.

Pasco County Fire Chief Shawn Whited said that crews were called to the home located north of Tampa early Friday morning after someone had noticed a depression under a boat ouside a house. Within minutes, he said, "the hole opened up."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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