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Among the wreckage, family's memories

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DUNEDIN (FOX 13) -

Homeowners could only stand by and watch as demolition crews began tearing down their homes – the structural victims of a massive sinkhole.

The view from SkyFOX on Friday showed the enlarged sinkhole growing and still swallowing the homes in a Dunedin neighborhood.

Early in the morning, crews brought in an excavator to bulldoze the homes, tear them down, and pull out anything toward the street, preventing as much debris from falling into the hole as they could.

By 4 p.m. one home was demolished. A second one will be demolished tomorrow.

Officials said about 600 trucks of dirt were being brought in to fill the sinkhole. It appeared around lunchtime that the hole's growth slowed down.

For the family, they could only stand by and watch, and there's still much to do.

Officials said they'll try to salvage as many belongings as they can from the home. The debris will be loaded into trucks, brought to a recycling center, and then sifted through by workers.

Anything that is salvageable will be given back to Michael Dupre's family. Dupre said he has contacted his lawyers and his insurance company, the state-run Citizens, in the aftermath of the tragedy.

A representative from Citizens told FOX 13 they're trying to do whatever they can to help Dupre and the other families in the neighborhood who have insurance through them.

Several other families who live in the area are contacting Citizens to ask what they should do, a spokesperson said.

Crews are expected to be out all day during the process.

No one was injured in the ordeal.

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