Sinkhole Causes Resort Villa to Partially Collapse

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CLERMONT, Fla. (AP) -- It sounded like a thunderstorm as windows broke and the ground shook, but visitors who were awakened from their rooms at a villa near Orlando soon realized the building was starting to collapse.

Parts of the Summer Bay Resort building were swallowed by a 100-foot sinkhole early Monday. All 105 guests were evacuated from the building, and no injuries were reported. Two neighboring buildings also were evacuated as a precaution. Inspectors remained at the scene Monday to determine whether those buildings would be safe to re-enter, and whether any belongings from the collapsed structure would be recovered.

The development's president said there were no earlier signs that a sinkhole was developing. He said the resort underwent testing when it was built about 15 years ago, showing stable ground.

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