Neighbor watched sinkhole develop -- from New York - FOX 13 News

Neighbor watched sinkhole develop -- from New York

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DUNEDIN (FOX 13) -

From his backyard, Jared Williams watched his neighbor's home crumble into pieces and disappear.

"We knew it was an issue. We didn't think it would be anything like that. Nobody thinks it's gonna hit that close to home," says Williams, whose home is just outside the evacuation zone -- but barely.

"We're looking down a hole. It's a little scary," he added.

Williams and his wife were on vacation in New York yesterday, visiting family. They had no idea about the mammoth sinkhole until they saw it on the news.

"It was hard to tell from the news which houses it was. Originally, we were thinking it was the house directly behind us, " he said.

Williams says it was a mad scramble to get home. The flight home seemed to take forever. When they finally did make it back, he says they realized their home was in the clear.

"I felt a little bit of guilt, quite honestly. I was relieved it wasn't my house. I felt a little bit of guilt because I was so relieved," he says.

But he's still nervous. After all, his fence is just a few feet away from what was his neighbor's pool. Now, it, and their entire house, are gone.

"That's home. That's memories. It's sad. We look at it and you can't help but feel bad for them. Your heart goes out to them. It's sad. There's really no other way to put it," he said.

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