Neighbors watch sinkhole with sense of dread - FOX 13 News

Neighbors watch sinkhole with sense of dread

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DUNEDIN (FOX 13) -

Neighbor Matthew Tegerdine is still trying to make sense of the loss.

"It's just sad. Their home is gone," said Tegerdine. "I'm looking at it now. It is completely gone. It's here one day and gone the next. I really feel for them."

Crews demolished remnants of the house shared by Michael Dupre, his wife and 13-year-old daughter Ivy. The sinkhole swallowed their walls, furniture and pool. Another neighboring family is without a master bedroom. That house is scheduled for demolition Saturday.

"They watch their houses, their whole lives go away in this hole," said Dunedin Fire Chief Jeff Parks. " I have been in Florida 30 years and never seen in this area anything like this."

Dump trucks hauled debris from the Dupre family's home to a recycling center in Largo. There, city crews worked with the recycling company to save valuables recovered from the rubble.

Authorities say the salvaged items will be taken to the Dunedin Solid Waste Facility where the Dupre's can decide what to keep. The family watched as crews used a long-armed crane to tear the house down.

"It can be days, people sit and watch their home go into the ground," said Deborah Stenmark of The American Red Cross. "It's a feeling of helplessness more than anything for the people."

It's a feeling Matthew Tegerdine says he knows too well. He lives next door to the Dupre family's home. It is unclear if the sinkhole caused damage to his house.

"My master bedroom, I can see the hole right where we sleep," said Tegerdine. "It's very concerning sleeping next to this thing...My wife it taking it really hard today. She is refusing to go back in the house."

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