A Florida man screamed for help and disappeared as a large sinkhole opened under the bedroom of a house, his brother said Friday.
The brother told rescue crews he heard a loud crash near midnight Thursday, then heard his brother screaming.
"When he got there, there was no bedroom left," Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Jessica Damico said.
"There was no furniture. All he saw was a piece of the mattress sticking up," Damico said.
There's been no contact with the 36-year-old man identified as Jeff Bush, since then and neighbors on both sides of the Seffner home have been evacuated.
Fire and rescue officials say there "are no signs of life" from Bush, and say it's a recovery mission, not a rescue effort.
"We put engineering equipment into the sinkhole and didn't see anything compatible with life," Damico said. But Damico would not say that the man is presumed dead.
"We heard a loud crash. I ran in there and heard somebody screaming, my brother screaming, and I ran all in there," Jeremy Bush, the victim's brother.
A deputy jumped in to pull Jeremy out, possibly saving his life.
"I went into the bedroom and I saw the sinkhole in the entire bedroom," Deputy Douglas Duvall told MyFoxTampaBay.com. "I saw the family member inside the hole who was trying to get the victim out. I reached out and was able to grab his hand and pull him out of the hole."
"I couldn't get myself out," Jeremy Bush said. "The cop had to get me out."
Officials said the hole was about 30 feet in width and 20 feet deep.
Crews haven't been able to get close because the sinkhole continues to grow, and it's too dangerous.
Rescuers tried to send a camera and listening device into the hole but it was swallowed up.
"Right now, the potential for a collapse is very, very high," Damico said.
A total of five adults, one child and two dogs were in the home.more