Giant sinkhole forces Fla. family from home

May 4, 2012 - 9:55 AM

WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP) — A large sinkhole edging dangerously close to a central Florida home has forced a family to move out.

Officials say the sinkhole opened up Thursday morning, just feet away from the sliding glass door at the rear of a home in Windermere, an Orlando suburb.

Orange County Fire Rescue officials told the Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/Ir9Jp2) a resident spotted the 100-foot diameter sinkhole when she went outside to walk her dog.

The newspaper reports the hole was about 50-feet deep behind a row of houses in the subdivision.

The family of six moved out of the house Thursday. Officials say nearby homeowners were notified that their homes could be in danger if the sinkhole expands.

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Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com